metacercaria

[met-uh-ser-kair-ee-uh]
noun, plural metacercariae [met-uh-ser-kair-ee-ee] . Zoology.
the encysted larva of a trematode, usually found in or on an aquatic intermediate host.
Compare cercaria.


Origin:
1925–30; < Neo-Latin; see meta-, cercaria

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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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This process of cooking does not kill the metacercariae, consequently infecting the host.
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