Filarioidea

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Filarioidea

 [fĭ-lar″e-oi´de-ah]
a superfamily of parasitic nematodes (filariae), the adults of which are threadlike worms that invade the tissues and body cavities, where the female deposits microfilariae (prelarvae). These microfilariae are ingested by bloodsucking insects in whom they pass their developmental stage and are returned to humans by the bites of such insects. See also filariasis.

Fi·lar·i·oi·de·a

(fi-lar'ē-oy'dē-ă),
A superfamily of filarial nematodes parasitic in many animal species, including humans; includes the families Filariidae, Diplotraenidae, Onchocercidae, and Stephanofilariidae. See: Filaria.
See also: Dipetalonema, Dirofilaria, Loa loa, Mansonella, Onchocerca, Wuchereria, Brugia.
Synonym(s): Filariicae

Filarioidea

/Fi·lar·i·oi·dea/ (fĭ-lar″e-oi´de-ah) a superfamily or order of parasitic nematodes, the adults being threadlike worms that invade the tissues and body cavities where the female deposits microfilariae (prelarvae).

Filarioidea

[filar′ē·oi′dē·ə]
Etymology: L, filum, thread + Gk, eidos, form
the filariae, a superfamily or order of nematode parasites, the adults being threadlike worms that invade the tissues and body cavities where the female deposits embryonated eggs (prelarvae) known as microfilariae. These microfilariae are ingested by blood-sucking insects in whom they pass their developmental stage and are returned to humans when the insects bite. Genera infecting humans include Brugia, Loa, Mansonella, Onchocerca, and Wuchereria.