any of a superfamily (Filarioidea) of threadlike, parasitic nematode worms that live in the blood and tissues of vertebrate animals: they are carried and transmitted by mosquitoes and other invertebrates
Origin of filariaModern Latin ; from Classical Latin filum: see file
Any of various slender, threadlike nematode worms of the superfamily Filarioidea that are parasitic in vertebrates and are often transmitted as larvae by mosquitoes and other biting insects. The adult form lives in the blood and lymphatic tissues, causing inflammation and obstruction that can lead to elephantiasis.
Origin of filariaNew Latin F&imacron;laria, former genus name, from Latin f&imacron;lum, thread; see gwh&imacron;- in Indo-European roots.
- fi·lar′i·al , fi·lar′i·an