an·​ti·​fi·​lar·​i·​al -fə-ˈlar-ē-əl, -ˈler- How to pronounce antifilarial (audio)
: tending to destroy filarial worms or to inhibit their growth
By 1978, the Merck pharmaceutical laboratories had isolated an effective antifilarial antibiotic, called ivermectin, which was extracted from a species of fungus.Stanley M. Aronson, The Providence (Rhode Island) Journal-Bulletin
also : produced in response to filarial infection
… 11% of U.S. service personnel who were stationed in filariasis-endemic regions of South Vietnam had antifilarial antibodies. Wayne Melrose and Peter A. Leggat, Military Medicine
antifilarial noun
… an attempt to develop ideal antifilarials capable of eliminating both the microfilariae and adult worms with no toxic effect on the host … C. R. Pfaltz et al., Progress in Drug Research

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“Antifilarial.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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