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entameba

or ent·a·moe·ba

[en-tuh-mee-buh]
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noun, plural ent·a·me·bae [en-tuh-mee-bee] /ˌɛn təˈmi bi/, ent·a·me·bas. Biology.
  1. any protozoan of the genus Entamoeba, members of which are parasitic in vertebrates, including the human pathogens E. gingivalis, found in dental plaque, and E. histolytica, the cause of amebic dysentery.
Compare endameba.

Origin of entameba

From New Latin; see origin at ento-, ameba
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British Dictionary definitions for entamoeba

entamoeba

endamoeba, US entameba or US endameba

noun plural -bae (-biː) or -bas
  1. any parasitic amoeba of the genus Entamoeba (or Endamoeba), esp E. histolytica, which lives in the intestines of man and causes amoebic dysentery
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entamoeba in Medicine

Entamoeba

n.
  1. A genus of amebas whose members are parasitic in the cecum and large bowel of humans and many mammals and birds. E. histolytica, the only distinct pathogen of the genus, causes amebic dysentery and hepatic amebiasis.

entameba

n.
  1. A parasitic ameba of the genus Entamoeba.
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