the free-swimming larva of a parasitic trematode worm
Origin of cercariaModern Latin from Classical Greek kerkos, tail
nounpl. cer·car·i·ae, or cer·car·i·as
A larva of a trematode, which develops from a sporocyst or a redia.
Origin of cercariaNew Latin cercāria Greek kerkos tail -āria feminine of Latin -ārius -ary