• WordNet 3.6
    • n filaria slender threadlike roundworms living in the blood and tissues of vertebrates; transmitted as larvae by biting insects
    • n filaria European weed naturalized in southwestern United States and Mexico having reddish decumbent stems with small fernlike leaves and small deep reddish-lavender flowers followed by slender fruits that stick straight up; often grown for forage
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Filaria (Zoöl) a former genus comprised of certain nematodes, now classed as belonging to several genera within the family Onchocercidae. See Onchocerca and Guinea worm.
    • n Filaria (Zoöl) a small, slender nematode worm of the family Onchocercidae Filariidae) of many species, parasitic when adult in various animals, including man. They may live within the blood, or in other bodily fluids, or within tissues or cavities of the body. Infection with such organisms may be transmitted by blood-sucking arthropods.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n filaria The typical genus of the family Filariidæ, containing parasitic nematode worms of very slender filiform shape, some attaining a length of several feet. F. sanguinis-hominis, the larval form of which is found in the lymphatics and blood-vessels, is said to be the cause of elephantiasis. F. medinensis is the hairworm or guinea-worm, common in the tropical regions of the old world, and found in the subcutaneous tissue.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. L. filum, a thread


In literature:

In certain cases the lymph trunks have been found to be blocked with the parent worms of the filaria Bancrofti.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
Filariasis: a disease caused by the presence of minute worms or Filaria, transmitted by mosquitoes.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
These are the larval forms of the parasite and have been called by Le Dantec the micro-filaria.
"Insects and Diseases" by Rennie W. Doane
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Propagation of the filariae of the blood exclusively by means of the puncture of peculiar mosquitoes.
"Handbook of Medical Entomology" by William Albert Riley
A large number of embryonic filariae are produced.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 3" by Various
Not only ascarides, but also tape and thread worms (Taenia and Filaria), are to be constantly contended with.
"The Highlands of Ethiopia" by William Cornwallis Harris
The disease is common in all countries in which the Filariae prevail.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various

In news:

In this ambitious novel, Hayward (Filaria) traces the lives of the eccentric, often grotesque characters who inhabit the ancient, labyrinthine city of Nowy Solum.