cercariae

cercaria

[ser-kair-ee-uh]
noun, plural cercariae [ser-kair-ee-ee] . Zoology.
the disk-shaped larva of flukes of the class Trematoda, having a taillike appendage.

Origin:
1830–40; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to cerc- (< Greek kérkos tail) + -āria -aria

cercarial, adjective
cercarian, adjective, noun
pseudocercaria, noun, plural pseudocercariae.
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cercaria (səˈkɛərɪə)
 
n , pl -iae
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]
 
cer'carial
 
adj
 
cer'carian
 
adj, —n

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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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