the disk-shaped larva of flukes of the class Trematoda, having a taillike appendage.
- cer·car·i·al, adjective
- cer·car·i·an, adjective, noun
- pseu·do·cer·car·i·a, noun, plural pseu·do·cer·car·i·ae.
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How to use cercaria in a sentence
By drinking the water which contains the cercaria of this species, they grow infested by this singular lodger.
Claparde has also observed another free cercaria which bears the name of Pachycerca.
The cercaria setifera of J. Mller has been found free and attached to the lower surface of some medus.
It is always of a deep colour, and is doubtless introduced in the state of cercaria, when the animal is drinking.
There are some grounds for comparing the scolex to the cercaria of Trematodes, cf. Archigetes.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume II (of 4) | Francis Maitland Balfour
British Dictionary definitions for cercaria
one of the larval forms of trematode worms. It has a short forked tail and resembles an immature adult
- cercarial, adjective
- cercarian, adjective, noun
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