Medical Definition of Miracidium
1. The ciliated first-stage larva of a trematode that emerges from the egg and must penetrate into the tissues of an appropriate intermediate host snail if it is to continue its life cycle; followed by development into a mother sporocyst and by production of a number of offspring of successive larval generations. See: sporocyst. Origin: G. Meirakidion, boy (05 Mar 2000)
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Literary usage of Miracidium
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Animal Parasites of Man by Harold Benjamin Fantham, Maximilian Gustav Christian Carl Braun (1916)
"miracidium of Fasciola hepatica that has just hatched from the egg, with a distinct ... miracidium ..."
2. Human Parasitology: With Notes on Bacteriology, Mycology, Laboratory by Damaso de Rivas (1920)
"When the miracidium is about to hatch the diameter of the egg is about ... What became of the miracidium was not definitely known until the recent mark of ..."
3. Practical Bacteriology, Blood Work and Animal Parasitology: Including by Edward Rhodes Stitt (1913)
"Looss conjectures that it is probable that the miracidium enters the skin, ... A recent view is that the miracidium enters while bathing by the preputial ..."