noun (plural filariae /-ˈle(ə)rēˌē, -ēˌī/)
- A threadlike parasitic nematode worm transmitted by biting flies and mosquitoes, causing filariasis and related diseases.
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- Superfamily Filarioidea, class Phasmida
- ARS researchers are using new biological controls to retaliate against the mosquito, an insect that can transmit viruses, protozoan parasites, and filariae (small worms).
- Manson commented, ‘It is marvelous how Nature has adapted the habits of the filariae to those of the mosquito.’
- It was the younger Thomas Bancroft who proved in 1899 that filariae that actively developed in the mosquito were transferred to humans by the act of feeding on blood.
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- Perhaps, at some stage long ago, the bacteria were transferred from insects to nematodes, since filarial nematodes reside in insects during some stages of their life cycles.
- Here, then, was a possible explanation for the effectiveness of antibiotics against filarial nematodes.
- Acute filarial fever, in fact, can often look like an attack of an other disease that is rampant in many of the same countries where filariasis is common: malaria.
mid 19th century: from modern Latin Filaria (former genus name), from Latin filum 'thread'.
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