[ ser-kair-ee-uh ]
/ sərˈkɛər i ə /

noun, plural cer·car·i·ae [ser-kair-ee-ee] /sərˈkɛər iˌi/. Zoology.

the disk-shaped larva of flukes of the class Trematoda, having a taillike appendage.

Nearby words

  1. ceratosaur,
  2. ceratosaurus,
  3. cerberean,
  4. cerberus,
  5. cercal,
  6. cerci,
  7. cercis,
  8. cerclage,
  9. cercocystis,
  10. cercopithecoid

Origin of cercaria

1830–40; < New Latin, equivalent to cerc- (< Greek kérkos tail) + -āria -aria

Related formscer·car·i·al, adjectivecer·car·i·an, adjective, nounpseu·do·cer·car·i·a, noun, plural pseu·do·cer·car·i·ae.

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British Dictionary definitions for cercaria


/ (səˈkɛərɪə) /

noun plural -iae (-ɪˌiː)

one of the larval forms of trematode worms. It has a short forked tail and resembles an immature adult
Derived Formscercarial, adjectivecercarian, adjective, noun

Word Origin for cercaria

C19: New Latin, literally: tailed creature, from Greek kerkos tail

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Medicine definitions for cercaria


[ sər-kârē-ə ]

n. pl. cer•car•i•as

The parasitic larva of a trematode worm, having a tail that disappears in the adult stage.

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