Filarioidea

noun plural

Fi·​lar·​i·​oi·​dea fə-ˌlar-ē-ˈȯid-ē-ə, -ˌler- How to pronounce Filarioidea (audio)
: a large superfamily of nematodes of the order Spirurida that comprises the medically important filarial worms and related forms having a slender thready body, a simple anterior end with the oral lips inconspicuous, a cylindrical esophagus lacking a bulbus, and often unequal and dissimilar copulatory spicules in the male
filarioid adjective

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“Filarioidea.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Filarioidea. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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