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noun, plural mi·cro·fi·lar·i·ae [mahy-kroh-fi-lair-ee-ee] /ˌmaɪ kroʊ fɪˈlɛər iˌi/.
  1. 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


noun plural -iae (-ɪˌiː)
  1. zoology the early larval stage of certain parasitic nematodes (filariae), found in the blood of infected individuals
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microfilaria in Medicine


n. pl. mi•cro•fi•lar•i•ae (-ē-ē′)
  1. The minute larval form of a filarial worm.
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Related formsmi′cro•fi•lari•al adj.
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