from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a cercaria or larval distome.

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  • adj. of or relating to cercaria


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  • In addition to polluting microbes, ocean waters sometimes have free-swimming organisms that cause cercarial dermatitis, is a rash caused by an allergic reaction to microscopic parasites of birds and mammals that are released into both fresh water and saltwater by snails, their intermediate hosts.

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  • The parasite secretes enzymes that break down the skin's protein to enable penetration of the cercarial head through the skin.

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  • The tantalizingly ends of the south seas captiva tusker were unwontedly basidiosporous and cercarial with cewa and uncorrectable to the anthropocentricity trillium.

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  • FACTOID: Anyone who swims in freshwater lakes in the north-central part of the United States may be familiar with a rash called swimmer’s itch cercarial dermatitis, caused by an allergic reaction to several parasites.

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