any small, threadlike roundworm of the family Filariidae and related families, carried as a larva by mosquitoes and parasitic when adult in the blood or tissues of vertebrates.
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How to use filaria in a sentence
Chyluria occurs most frequently as a symptom of infection by filaria sanguinis hominis.
It has been mistaken for Strongyloides intestinalis and for filaria sanguinis hominis.
Hooklets and scolices of Tnia echinococcus (Fig. 55) and embryos of filaria sanguinis hominis have been met.
The longitudinal type characterises such genera as Vibrio, filaria, Gordius, and all the annulate animals.Form and Function | E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
The elephantiasis due to filaria is spread by the agency of mosquitoes, in whose bodies the intermediate stage is passed.
British Dictionary definitions for filaria
any parasitic nematode worm of the family Filariidae, living in the blood and tissues of vertebrates and transmitted by insects: the cause of filariasis
- filarial or filarian, adjective
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Scientific definitions for filaria
Any of various slender, threadlike nematode worms of the superfamily Filarioidea that are parasitic in vertebrates and are often transmitted as larvae by mosquitoes and other biting insects. The adult form lives in the blood and lymphatic tissues and can cause inflammation and obstruction of lymphatic vessels.
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