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antifilarial

adjective an·ti·fi·lar·i·al \ -fə-ˈlar-ē-əl, -ˈler- \

medical Definition of antifilarial

: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. AronsonThe Providence (Rhode Island) Journal-Bulletin23 Oct. 2000
; 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. LeggatMilitary MedicineJuly 2005

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 Research1990

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