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filariasis

[fil-uh-rahy-uh-sis] /ˌfɪl əˈraɪ ə sɪs/
noun
1.
infection by filarial worms in the blood and lymph channels, lymph glands, and other tissues, the various species causing skin swellings, blindness, or elephantiasis if untreated.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; filar(ia) + -iasis
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British Dictionary definitions for filariases

filariasis

/ˌfɪləˈraɪəsɪs; fɪˌlɛərɪˈeɪsɪs/
noun
1.
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
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin; see filaria
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filariases in Medicine

filariasis fil·a·ri·a·sis (fĭl'ə-rī'ə-sĭs)
n.
Disease caused by the presence of filariae in the tissues of the body, often resulting in occlusion of the lymphatic channels that can lead to elephantiasis.

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filariases in Science
filariasis
  (fĭl'ə-rī'ə-sĭs)   
Any of various infections, often of the skin, eyes, and lymph nodes, caused by infestation of tissue with filariae.
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Encyclopedia Article for filariases

filariasis

a group of infectious disorders caused by threadlike nematodes of the superfamily Filarioidea, that invade the subcutaneous tissues and lymphatics of mammals, producing reactions varying from acute inflammation to chronic scarring. In the form of heartworm, it may be fatal to dogs and other mammals.

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