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 (mîr′ə-sĭd′ē-əm, mī′rə-)
n. pl. mi·ra·cid·i·a (-ē-ə)
A ciliated larva of a digenetic trematode, which hatches from the egg and enters the first intermediate host, where it develops into a sporocyst or a redia.

[German, from Greek *meirakidion (attested in Latin as mīracidion, one in early adolescence), diminutive of meirax, young girl, young person, lad.]

mi′ra·cid′i·al adj.


n, pl -ia (-ɪə)
(Animals) the flat ciliated larva of flukes that hatches from the egg and gives rise asexually to other larval forms
[C20: New Latin, via Late Latin miracidion, from Greek meirax boy, girl]
ˌmiraˈcidial adj