infection by filarial worms in the blood and lymph channels, lymph glands, and other tissues, the various species causing skin swellings, blindness, or elephantiasis if untreated.

Origin of filariasis

First recorded in 1875–80; filar(ia) + -iasis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for filariasis

Historical Examples of filariasis

  • But filariasis is terribly common, and so is Culex fatigans.

  • It was he who discovered that filariasis is transmissible by this method alone.

    The Panama Canal

    Frederic Jennings Haskin

  • Filariasis: a disease caused by the presence of minute worms or Filaria, transmitted by mosquitoes.

  • It is fairly constant in trichinosis, uncinariasis, filariasis, and echinococcus disease.

  • It is not necessary here to describe the loathsome deformities which occur in the later stages of filariasis.

British Dictionary definitions for filariasis



a disease common in tropical and subtropical countries resulting from infestation of the lymphatic system with the nematode worms Wuchereria bancrofti or Brugia malayi, transmitted by mosquitoes: characterized by inflammation and obstruction of the lymphatic vesselsSee also elephantiasis

Word Origin for filariasis

C19: from New Latin; see filaria
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filariasis in Medicine




Disease caused by the presence of filariae in the tissues of the body, often resulting in occlusion of the lymphatic channels that can lead to elephantiasis.
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filariasis in Science



Any of various infections, often of the skin, eyes, and lymph nodes, caused by infestation of tissue with filariae.
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