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[ser-kair-ee-uh] /sərˈkɛər i ə/
noun, plural cercariae
[ser-kair-ee-ee] /sərˈkɛər iˌi/ (Show IPA).
the disk-shaped larva of flukes of the class Trematoda, having a taillike appendage.
Origin of cercaria
1830-40; < New Latin, equivalent to cerc- (< Greek kérkos tail) + -āria -aria
Related forms
cercarial, adjective
cercarian, adjective, noun
pseudocercaria, noun, plural pseudocercariae. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for cercaria


noun (pl) -iae (-ɪˌiː)
one of the larval forms of trematode worms. It has a short forked tail and resembles an immature adult
Derived Forms
cercarial, adjective
cercarian, adjective, noun
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, literally: tailed creature, from Greek kerkos tail
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cercaria in Medicine

cercaria cer·car·i·a (sər-kâr'ē-ə)
n. pl. cer·car·i·as or cer·car·i·ae (-ē-ē')
The parasitic larva of a trematode worm, having a tail that disappears in the adult stage.

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