from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Disease caused by infestation of tissue with filariae.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A disease common in tropical and subtropical countries resulting from infestation of the lymphatic system with nematode worms transmitted by mosquitoes: characterised by inflammation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the presence of filariae within the body of an organism; infection with filariae. It is mostly found in tropical and subtropical regions.
- n. a disease caused by nematodes in the blood or tissues of the body causing blockage of lymphatic vessels. Death of the adult worms may lead to inflammation and permanent fibrosis; the condition may lead to serious symptoms, such as elephantiasis or blindness. See river blindness
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Presence of Filaria in the blood-vessels and lymph-vessels: the underlying cause of elephantiasis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a disease caused by nematodes in the blood or tissues of the body causing blockage of lymphatic vessels
filar(ia) + -iasis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
19th Century, from New Latin; see filaria. (Wiktionary)