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[mir′əsid′ē·əm] pl. miracidia
Etymology: Gk, meirakidion, youthfulness
the ciliated larva of a parasitic trematode that hatches from an egg and can survive only by penetrating and further developing within a host snail into a maternal sporocyte that produces more larvae.
miracidium(mi?ra-sid'e-um) plural.miracidia [Gr. meirakidion, lad]
The ciliated free-swimming larva of a digenetic fluke. On emerging from an ovum, it penetrates a snail of a particular species and metamorphoses into a sporocyst.See: fluke
Miracidium (plural, miracidia)
The free-swimming larval form in the life cycle of the liver fluke.
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