Definition of filaria in English:

filaria

Syllabification: fi·lar·i·a
Pronunciation: /fəˈle(ə)rēə
 
/

noun (plural filariae /-ˈle(ə)rēˌē, -ēˌī/)

  • A threadlike parasitic nematode worm transmitted by biting flies and mosquitoes, causing filariasis and related diseases.
    • Superfamily Filarioidea, class Phasmida
    More example sentences
    • 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.

Derivatives

filarial

Pronunciation: /-ˈle(ə)rēəl/
adjective
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

mid 19th century: from modern Latin Filaria (former genus name), from Latin filum 'thread'.

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