Filariform larva | definition of filariform larva by Medical dictionary
infective third-stage larva of the hookworm, Ascaris, and other nematodes with penetrating larvae or with larvae that migrate through the body to reach the intestine.
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A filariform larva
is transmitted from the soil and penetrates into the skin.
Initial infestation occurs when the infectious form, the filariform larva
, enters the human host through skin that was in contact with infected fecal material or contaminated soil.
1] The third stage or filariform larva
is usually the stage that is infective to the definitive host.