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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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