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fi·lar·i·a

 (fə-lâr′ē-ə)
n. pl. fi·lar·i·ae (-ē-ē′)
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.

[New Latin Fīlāria, former genus name, from Latin fīlum, thread; see gwhī- in Indo-European roots.]

fi·lar′i·al (-ē-əl), fi·lar′i·an (-ē-ən) adj.

filaria

(fɪˈlɛərɪə)
n, pl -iae (-ɪˌiː)
(Animals) any parasitic nematode worm of the family Filariidae, living in the blood and tissues of vertebrates and transmitted by insects: the cause of filariasis
[C19: New Latin (former name of genus), from Latin fīlum thread]
fiˈlarial, fiˈlarian adj

fi•lar•i•a

(fɪˈlɛər i ə)

n., pl. -lar•i•ae (-ˈlɛər iˌi)
any small threadlike roundworm of the superfamily Filarioidea, carried by mosquitoes and parasitic when adult in the blood or tissues of vertebrates.
[< New Latin: a genus (1787) = Latin fīl(um) thread + -āria -aria]
fi•lar′i•al, adj.
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Noun1.filaria - European weed naturalized in southwestern United States and Mexico having reddish decumbent stems with small fernlike leaves and small deep reddish-lavender flowers followed by slender fruits that stick straight upfilaria - European weed naturalized in southwestern United States and Mexico having reddish decumbent stems with small fernlike leaves and small deep reddish-lavender flowers followed by slender fruits that stick straight up; often grown for forage
heron's bill, storksbill - any of various plants of the genus Erodium
2.filaria - slender threadlike roundworms living in the blood and tissues of vertebrates; transmitted as larvae by biting insects
nematode, nematode worm, roundworm - unsegmented worms with elongated rounded body pointed at both ends; mostly free-living but some are parasitic
family Filariidae, Filariidae - threadlike roundworms