[ ser-kair-ee-uh ]

noun,plural cer·car·i·ae [ser-kair-ee-ee]. /sərˈkɛər iˌi/. Zoology.
  1. 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

Other words from cercaria

  • 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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British Dictionary definitions for cercaria


/ (səˈkɛərɪə) /

nounplural -iae (-ɪˌiː)
  1. one of the larval forms of trematode worms. It has a short forked tail and resembles an immature adult

Origin of cercaria

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

Derived forms of cercaria

  • cercarial, adjective
  • cercarian, adjective, noun

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