- any small, threadlike roundworm of the family Filariidae and related families, carried as a larva by mosquitoes and parasitic when adult in the blood or tissues of vertebrates.
Origin of filaria
< New Latin (1787), equivalent to Latin fīl(um) thread + -āria -aria
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Some of the Annelida, as Filaria and Lumbricus, he also regarded as insects.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4)
Redi also noticed a species of Filaria beneath the skin of the lion.
I believe it to have been a specimen of Filaria sanguinis hominis.
The embryos of the Filaria megastoma of the horses stomach died at 47 C.
From an earwig I obtained a filaria nearly five inches in length.
- any parasitic nematode worm of the family Filariidae, living in the blood and tissues of vertebrates and transmitted by insects: the cause of filariasis
C19: New Latin (former name of genus), from Latin fīlum thread
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- Any of various threadlike nematode worms of the superfamily Filarioidea parasitic in vertebrates and often transmitted as larvae by biting insects. The adult form lives in the blood and lymphatic tissues, causing inflammation and obstruction that can lead to elephantiasis.
- A genus of nematodes no longer in taxonomic use and whose members are now classified in the family Onchocercidae.
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- Any of various slender, threadlike nematode worms of the superfamily Filarioidea that are parasitic in vertebrates and are often transmitted as larvae by mosquitoes and other biting insects. The adult form lives in the blood and lymphatic tissues and can cause inflammation and obstruction of lymphatic vessels.
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