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. Infestation with different species of filariae cause diseases such as lymphatic filariasis (which can lead to elephantiasis) and onchocerciasis.
Origin of filariaNew Latin Fīlāria former genus name from Latin fīlum thread ; see gwhī- in Indo-European roots.
- fi·lar′i·al fi·lar′i·an