noun (plural microfilariae /-fəˈle(ə)rēˌē/ /-ēˌī/)Zoology
The minute larva of a filaria.
- According to health experts, when an infected female mosquito bites a person, she may inject the worm larvae, called microfilariae, into the blood.
- Over a week or so, these microfilariae develop into infective larvae and can be transmitted when the fly bites another person.
- When a mosquito bites an infected animal, the heartworm microfilariae are ingested along with the blood.
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