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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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
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