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 of tissue with filariae.
Origin of filariasisfilar(ia) + –iasis.
19th Century, from New Latin; see filaria.