filariases

filariasis

[fil-uh-rahy-uh-sis]
noun
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:
1875–80; filar(ia) + -iasis

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filariasis (ˌfɪləˈraɪəsɪs, fɪˌlɛərɪˈeɪsɪs)
 
n
See also elephantiasis 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
 
[C19: from New Latin; see filaria]

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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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filariasis   (fĭl'ə-rī'ə-sĭs)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of various infections, often of the skin, eyes, and lymph nodes, caused by infestation of tissue with filariae.
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