Bancroftian filariasis

noun

Ban·​croft·​i·​an filariasis ˈban-ˌkrȯf-tē-ən-, ˈbaŋ- How to pronounce Bancroftian filariasis (audio)
variants or Bancroft's filariasis
: filariasis caused by a slender white filaria of the genus Wuchereria (W. bancrofti) that is transmitted in larval form by mosquitoes, lives in lymph vessels and lymphoid tissues periodically shedding larvae into the peripheral bloodstream, and often causes elephantiasis by blocking lymphatic drainage

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“Bancroftian filariasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Bancroftian%20filariasis. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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