Pronunciation: (fi-lâr'ē-u), [key]
—pl. -lar•i•aePronunciation: (-lâr'ē-ē"). [key]
any small, threadlike roundworm of the family Filariidae and related families, carried as a larva by mosquitoes and parasitic when adult in the blood or tissues of vertebrates.
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