Filaria meaning

fə-lârē-ə
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 and can cause inflammation and obstruction of lymphatic vessels.
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A parasitic nematode worm that lives in the blood of vertebrates and is transmitted by insects: the cause of filariasis.
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Origin of filaria

  • New Latin Fīlāria former genus name from Latin fīlum thread gwhī- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 19th Century, New Latin Filaria (former name of genus), from Latin filum (“thread”).

    From Wiktionary