1. a parasitic nematode, Dirofilaria immitis, transmitted by mosquito and invading the heart and pulmonary arteries of dogs, wolves, and foxes throughout its range in tropical, subtropical and, more recently, temperate regions around the world.
  2. the disease caused by infection with heartworm.


  1. a parasitic nematode worm, Dirofilaria immitis, that lives in the heart and bloodstream of vertebrates

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