Filariasis definition

fĭlə-rīə-sĭs
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Disease caused by infestation of tissue with filariae.
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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.
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Disease caused by infestation, especially of the lymphatic system, with filarial worms.
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Any of various infections, often of the skin, eyes, and lymph nodes, caused by infestation of tissue with filariae.
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A disease common in tropical and subtropical countries resulting from infestation of the lymphatic system with nematode worms transmitted by mosquitoes: characterised by inflammation.
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Origin of filariasis

  • filar(ia) –iasis

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

  • 19th Century, from New Latin; see filaria.

    From Wiktionary