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n. pl. fil·a·ri·a·ses (-sēz′)
Disease caused by infestation, especially of the lymphatic system, with filarial worms.


(ˌfɪləˈraɪəsɪs; fɪˌlɛərɪˈeɪsɪs)
(Pathology) a disease common in tropical and subtropical countries resulting from infestation of the lymphatic system with the nematode worms Wuchereria bancrofti or Brugia malayi, transmitted by mosquitoes: characterized by inflammation and obstruction of the lymphatic vessels. See also elephantiasis
[C19: from New Latin; see filaria]


(ˌfɪl əˈraɪ ə sɪs)

infestation with filarial worms in the blood, lymphatic tissue, etc.
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Noun1.filariasis - a disease caused by nematodes in the blood or tissues of the body causing blockage of lymphatic vessels
disease - an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning


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Loiasis (African eye worm disease) is caused by infection with Loa loa, a parasitic vector-borne filarial worm endemic to 10 countries in central and western Africa, including Equatorial Guinea (1).
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8) Since the worm was preserved in formalin, molecular typing by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and speciation of the filarial worm beyond genus level was precluded.
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Elephantiasis, which is a disfiguring condition, has been recognized for centuries; it is the most obvious manifestation lymphatic filariasis, afflicting a minority of people infected with filarial worm.
More interestingly such antifilarial effect has also been reported against human lymphatic filarial worm, Brugia malayi with crude extracts of green zoanthus (8) and with Xylocarpus granatum, Tinospora crispa and Andrographis paniculata (9).
The dead degenerating adult worms usually produce a severe inflammatory reaction (eosinophilic) and granuloma formation, whereas an intact healthy filarial worm may produce only a minimal reaction.