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[mahy-kroh-fi-lair-ee-uh] /ˌmaɪ kroʊ fɪˈlɛər i ə/

noun, plural microfilariae
[mahy-kroh-fi-lair-ee-ee] /ˌmaɪ kroʊ fɪˈlɛər iˌi/ (Show IPA)
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.
noun (pl) -iae (-ɪˌiː)
(zoology) the early larval stage of certain parasitic nematodes (filariae), found in the blood of infected individuals

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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