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a·moe·baalso a·me·ba (ə-mē′bə)
n. pl. a·moe·bas or a·moe·bae (-bē) also a·me·bas or a·me·bae
Any of various one-celled free-living or parasitic protozoans having no definite form and moving by means of pseudopods.
[New Latin Amoeba, genus name, from Greek amoibē, change, from ameibein, to change; see mei- in Indo-European roots.]
a·moe′bic (-bĭk) adj.
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n, pl -bae (-biː) or -bas
(Animals) any protozoan of the phylum Rhizopoda, esp any of the genus Amoeba, able to change shape because of the movements of cell processes (pseudopodia). They live in fresh water or soil or as parasites in man and animals
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek amoibē change, from ameibein to change, exchange]
aˈmoebic, aˈmebic adj
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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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Plural amoebas or amoebae (ə-mē′bē)
A one-celled microscopic organism that constantly changes shape by forming pseudopods, temporary projections that are used for movement and for the ingestion of food. Amoebas are members of the group of organisms called protozoans.
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|Noun||1.||amoeba - 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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amoeba[əˈmiːbə] (British) ameba (US) n → amibe f
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amoeba, (US) ameba
n → Amöbe f
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amoebaameba (Am) [əˈmiːbə] n → ameba
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n. ameba, organismo de una sola célula.
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amoeban (pl -bae o -bas) ameba or amiba
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