noun, plural mi·cro·fi·lar·i·ae [mahy-kroh-fi-lair-ee-ee] /ˌmaɪ kroʊ fɪˈlɛər iˌi/.

  1. 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 plural -iae (-ɪˌiː)

  1. zoology the early larval stage of certain parasitic nematodes (filariae), found in the blood of infected individuals

n. pl. mi•cro•fi•lar•i•ae (-ē-ē′)

  1. The minute larval form of a filarial worm.

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