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the disk-shaped larva of flukes of the class Trematoda, having a taillike appendage.
Historical Examples

noun (pl) -iae (-ɪˌiː)
one of the larval forms of trematode worms. It has a short forked tail and resembles an immature adult

cercaria cer·car·i·a (sər-kâr’ē-ə)
n. pl. cer·car·i·as or cer·car·i·ae (-ē-ē’)
The parasitic larva of a trematode worm, having a tail that disappears in the adult stage.


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