noun, plural microfilariae [mahy-kroh-fi-lair-ee-ee] .
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.

1875–80; < Neo-Latin; see micro-, filaria

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

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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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