- the disk-shaped larva of flukes of the class Trematoda, having a taillike appendage.
Origin of cercaria
Examples from the Web for cercaria
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin for cercaria
- The parasitic larva of a trematode worm, having a tail that disappears in the adult stage.