|—n , pl -iae|
|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]|
filaria fi·lar·i·a (fə-lâr'ē-ə)
n. pl. fi·lar·i·ae (-ē-ē')
Any of various threadlike nematode worms of the superfamily Filarioidea parasitic in vertebrates and often transmitted as larvae by biting insects. The adult form lives in the blood and lymphatic tissues, causing inflammation and obstruction that can lead to elephantiasis.
A genus of nematodes no longer in taxonomic use and whose members are now classified in the family Onchocercidae.
|filaria (fə-lâr'ē-ə) Pronunciation Key
Plural filariae (fə-lâr'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. The adult form lives in the blood and lymphatic tissues and can cause inflammation and obstruction of lymphatic vessels.