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