miracidium

[ mahy-ruh-sid-ee-uh m ]
/ ˌmaɪ rəˈsɪd i əm /

noun, plural mi·ra·cid·i·a [mahy-ruh-sid-ee-uh] /ˌmaɪ rəˈsɪd i ə/.

the larva that hatches from the egg of a trematode worm or fluke.

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Origin of miracidium

1895–1900; < New Latin, equivalent to mirac- (< Greek meirak- (stem of meîrax) boy, girl) + -idium -idium

OTHER WORDS FROM miracidium

mi·ra·cid·i·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for miracidia

miracidium
/ (ˌmaɪrəˈsɪdɪəm) /

noun plural -ia (-ɪə)

the flat ciliated larva of flukes that hatches from the egg and gives rise asexually to other larval forms

Derived forms of miracidium

miracidial, adjective

Word Origin for miracidium

C20: New Latin, via Late Latin miracidion, from Greek meirax boy, girl
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