- the disk-shaped larva of flukes of the class Trematoda, having a taillike appendage.
Origin of cercaria
1830–40; < New Latin, equivalent to cerc- (< Greek kérkos tail) + -āria -aria
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Examples from the Web for cercaria
A migration of the cercaria is indispensable to its perfection.
The infusoriform larva of the Dicyemid, and the Cercaria of the Trematodes, are such forms.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)
Francis Maitland Balfour
This organised nurse, which is about a line in length, is the Cercaria cystophora of Wagener.
Dr Guido Wagener figures similar structures as occurring in Cercaria macrocerca.
By drinking the water which contains the cercaria of this species, they grow infested by this singular lodger.Animal Parasites and Messmates
P. J. Van Beneden
- one of the larval forms of trematode worms. It has a short forked tail and resembles an immature adult
C19: New Latin, literally: tailed creature, from Greek kerkos tail
- The parasitic larva of a trematode worm, having a tail that disappears in the adult stage.
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