[ mahy-kroh-fi-lair-ee-uh ]
/ ˌmaɪ kroʊ fɪˈlɛər i ə /
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noun, plural mi·cro·fi·lar·i·ae [mahy-kroh-fi-lair-ee-ee]. /ˌmaɪ kroʊ fɪˈlɛər iˌi/.

the embryonic larva of the nematode parasite Filaria or of related genera, especially of those species that cause heartworm in dogs and elephantiasis in humans.



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Origin of microfilaria

From New Latin, dating back to 1875–80; see origin at micro-, filaria
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British Dictionary definitions for microfilaria

/ (ˌmaɪkrəʊfɪˈlɛərɪə) /

noun plural -iae (-ɪˌiː)

zoology the early larval stage of certain parasitic nematodes (filariae), found in the blood of infected individuals
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Medical definitions for microfilaria

[ mī′krō-fə-lârē-ə ]

n. pl. mi•cro•fi•lar•i•ae (-ē-ē′)

The minute larval form of a filarial worm.
mi′cro•fi•lari•al adj.
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