a disease, the most common form of elephantiasis, caused by filarial worms transmitted by mosquitoes: the worms invade lymphatic vessels and lymphoid tissue, causing chronic swelling of the lower extremities and other parts of the body
Origin of filariasisModL: see filaria
Disease caused by infestation, especially of the lymphatic system, with filarial worms.
Origin of filariasisfilar(ia) -iasis
19th Century, from New Latin; see filaria.