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cercaria

 [ser-kar´e-ah] (pl. cerca´riae) (L.)
the final, free-swimming larval stage of a trematode parasite.
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cer·car·i·a

, pl.

cer·car·i·ae

(ser-kā'rē-ă, -rē-ē),
The free-swimming trematode larva that emerges from its host snail; it may penetrate the skin of a final host (as in Schistosoma of humans), encyst on vegetation (as in Fasciola), in or on fish (as in Clonorchis), or penetrate and encyst in various arthropod hosts. Body and tail are greatly varied in form, and specialized function is adapted to the particular life cycle demands of each species.
See also: sporocyst (1), redia.
[G. kerkos, tail]
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cercaria

(sər-kâr′ē-ə)
n. pl. cercar·iae (-ē-ē′) or cercar·ias
A larva of a trematode, which develops from a sporocyst or a redia.

cer·car′i·al adj.
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cer·car·i·a

, pl. cercariae (sĕr-kar'ē-ă, -ē)
The free-swimming trematode larva that emerges from its host snail; it may penetrate the skin of a final host, encyst on vegetation, or in or on fish, or penetrate and encyst in various arthropod hosts. Body and tail are greatly varied in form, and specialized functions are adapted to the particular life-cycle demands of each species.
See also: sporocyst (1)
[G. kerkos, tail]
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cercaria

The tailed, swimming larva of a trematode worm, such as a SCHISTOSOME.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

cercaria

the last larval stage of the liver FLUKE. It lives in the freshwater snail Limnaea, produces a cyst round itself and develops into the adult fluke after ingestion by a sheep or another primary host.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

Cercaria (plural, cercariae)

An intermediate-stage of the fluke larva, released into water by infected snails.
Mentioned in: Fluke Infections
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