Any of various threadlike nematode worms of the superfamily Filarioidea parasitic in vertebrates and often transmitted as larvae by biting insects. The adult form lives in the blood and lymphatic tissues, causing inflammation and obstruction that can lead to elephantiasis.
Other words from filaria
fi•lar′i•al (-ē-əl) null adj.
Medical definitions for filaria (2 of 2)
A genus of nematodes no longer in taxonomic use and whose members are now classified in the family Onchocercidae.
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.