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metacercaria

[met-uh-ser-kair-ee-uh] /ˌmɛt ə sərˈkɛər i ə/
noun, plural metacercariae
[met-uh-ser-kair-ee-ee] /ˌmɛt ə sərˈkɛər iˌi/ (Show IPA).
Zoology
1.
the encysted larva of a trematode, usually found in or on an aquatic intermediate host.
Compare cercaria.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; < Neo-Latin; see meta-, cercaria
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  • Each metacercaria was surrounded by a cyst, thought to be elaborated principally by the parasite.
metacercaria in Medicine

metacercaria met·a·cer·car·i·a (mět'ə-sər-kār'ē-ə)
n. pl. met·a·cer·car·i·ae (-ē-ē')
The encysted maturing stage of a trematode in its intermediate host prior to transfer to the definitive host, usually representing the organism's infectious stage.

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