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Variant of amoeba.
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n, pl -bae (-biː) or -bas
(Animals) the usual US spelling of amoeba
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or a•moe•ba(əˈmi bə)
n., pl. -bas, -bae (-bē).
1. any of numerous one-celled aquatic or parasitic protozoa of the order Amoebida, having a jellylike mass of cytoplasm that forms temporary pseudopodia, by which the organism moves and engulfs food particles.
2. a protozoan of the genus Amoeba, inhabiting bottom vegetation of freshwater ponds and streams: used widely in laboratory studies.
[1875–80; < New Latin amoeba < Greek amoibḗ change, alteration, n. derivative of ameíbein to exchange]
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Another spelling of amoeba.
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|Noun||1.||ameba - naked freshwater or marine or parasitic protozoa that form temporary pseudopods for feeding and locomotion|
endameba - any ameba of the genus Endamoeba
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