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n. pl. cer·car·i·ae (-ē-ē′) or cer·car·i·as
A larva of a trematode, which develops from a sporocyst or a redia.

[New Latin cercāria : Greek kerkos, tail + -āria, feminine of Latin -ārius, -ary.]

cer·car′i·al adj.
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n, pl -iae (-ɪˌiː)
(Zoology) one of the larval forms of trematode worms. It has a short forked tail and resembles an immature adult
[C19: New Latin, literally: tailed creature, from Greek kerkos tail]
cerˈcarial adj
cerˈcarian adj, n
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(sərˈkɛər i ə)

n., pl. -car•i•ae (-ˈkɛər iˌi)
the free-swimming, tailed larva of parasitic trematodes.
[1830–40; < New Latin < Greek kérkos tail]
cer•car′i•al, adj.
cer•car′i•an, adj., n.
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Noun1.cercaria - tadpole-shaped parasitic larva of a trematode wormcercaria - tadpole-shaped parasitic larva of a trematode worm; tail disappears in adult stage
class Trematoda, Trematoda - parasitic flatworms (including flukes)
larva - the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose
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Metazoan parasites also thought to be digenean cercaria were microscopically evident in the digestive gland, gill, rectum, and mantle of around 5% of L.
Representative of each type of emerging cercaria was subjected to scanning electron microscopy (TM3000 Hitachi Tabletop Microscope).
Measurements given in the description of each cercaria are based on heat-killed and formalin-fixed specimens and expressed in micrometers (qm), with range followed by the mean [+ or -] SD in parentheses.
mansoni, (2) Cercaria macrogranulosa (simple tail), (3) Cercaria caratinguensis (longifurcate tail), and (4) Cercaria ocellifera (brevifurcate tail).
The Fasciola larval stages sporocyst, redia, and cercaria are in division phases of F.
The twenty-six selections that make up the main body of the text are devoted to schistosoma egg, miracidium of schistosoma, schistosoma sporocysts, cercaria of schistosoma, the alimentary tract of schistosoma, and many other related subjects.