Definition of Filariasis

1. Noun. A disease caused by nematodes in the blood or tissues of the body causing blockage of lymphatic vessels.

Generic synonyms: Disease

Definition of Filariasis

1. n. The presence of filariæ in the blood; infection with filariæ.

Definition of Filariasis

1. Noun. A disease common in tropical and subtropical countries resulting from infestation of the lymphatic system with nematode worms transmitted by mosquitoes: characterised by inflammation. ¹

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Definition of Filariasis

1. [n -RIASES]

Medical Definition of Filariasis

1. A disease caused by the parasitic nematode worm Wuchereria bancrofti or Brugia malayi. The parasite blocks the lymphatic system and causes lymphatic oedema, resulting in the swelling and thickening of skin tissues and the tissues immediately below the skin. The disease most commonly occurs in tropical regions and is spread by bloodsucking insects (which carry the larval worms). (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Filariasis

filar substance
filarial arthritis
filarial dermatosis
filarial periodicity
filarial synovitis
filariasis (current term)
filariform larva

Literary usage of Filariasis

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1. The Philippine Journal of Science by Philippines Bureau of Science (1908)
"A circular issued in 1901 from the office of the' chief surgeon, Philippines Division, makes the first mention of filariasis in the Philippine Islands, ..."

2. Mosquito Eradication by Walter Ernest Hardenburg (1922)
"It is not yet definitely known whether Culex fatigans is the only species of mosquito which transmits filariasis; for this reason, anti-mosquito work for ..."

3. Clinical Hematology: A Practical Guide to the Examination of the Blood with by John C. DaCosta (1901)
"filariasis. filariasis, the pathological condition depend- OCCURRENCE. ing upon the presence in the ..."

4. Proceedings of the second Pan American scientific congress: Washington, U. S by Glen Levin Swiggett (1917)
"In broad significance the terms filariasis, ... fuller knowledge with confirmation or with correction will shortly follow. AMERICAN filariasis. 1. ..."

5. Transactions of the Association of American Physicians by Association of American Physicians (1900)
"filariasis is a parasitic disease which is very common in many tropical countries, in some of which it is a scourge. In northern countries it is rarely ..."

6. The Animal Parasites of Man by Harold Benjamin Fantham, Maximilian Gustav Christian Carl Braun (1916)
"filariasis.— Butcher and Whitmarsh have cultivated from the blood and from the exudation fluids of cases of filariasis (elephantiasis, lymphangitis, etc. ..."

7. The Prophylaxis and Treatment of Internal Disease: Designed for the Use of by Frederick Forchheimer (1910)
"filariasis PROPHYLAXIS This differs with the various kinds of filariae. ... The prevention of filariasis, then, could be reduced to the following: All ..."

8. Manual of Military Hygiene for the Military Services of the United States by Valery Havard (1909)
"filariasis is a mosquito-borne disease, being transmitted to man by Culex fatigans ... The prophylaxis of filariasis is that of all mosquito-borne diseases, ..."

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