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filariasis

[ fil-uh-rahy-uh-sis ]
/ ˌfɪl əˈraɪ ə sɪs /
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noun
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.
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Origin of filariasis

First recorded in 1875–80; filar(ia) + -iasis

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British Dictionary definitions for filariasis

filariasis
/ (ˌfɪləˈraɪəsɪs, fɪˌlɛərɪˈeɪsɪs) /

noun
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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Scientific definitions for filariasis

filariasis
[ fĭl′ə-rīə-sĭs ]

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