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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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