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)


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