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.

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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Medicine definitions for filariasis

filariasis

[ fĭl′ə-rīə-sĭs ]

n.

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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Science 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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