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[mahy-kroh-fi-lair-ee-uh] /ˌmaɪ kroʊ fɪˈlɛər i ə/
noun, plural microfilariae
[mahy-kroh-fi-lair-ee-ee] /ˌmaɪ kroʊ fɪˈlɛər iˌi/ (Show IPA)
the embryonic larva of the nematode parasite Filaria or of related genera, especially of those species that cause heartworm in dogs and elephantiasis in humans.
Origin of microfilaria
1875-80; < New Latin; see micro-, filaria Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for microfilaria


noun (pl) -iae (-ɪˌiː)
(zoology) the early larval stage of certain parasitic nematodes (filariae), found in the blood of infected individuals
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microfilaria in Medicine

microfilaria mi·cro·fi·lar·i·a (mī'krō-fə-lâr'ē-ə)
n. pl. mi·cro·fi·lar·i·ae (-ē-ē')
The minute larval form of a filarial worm.

mi'cro·fi·lar'i·al adj.
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