ameba

or a·moe·ba

[ uh-mee-buh ]
/ əˈmi bə /

noun, plural a·me·bas, a·me·bae [uh-mee-bee]. /əˈmi bi/.

any of numerous freshwater, marine, or parasitic one-celled protozoa of the order Amoebida, characterized by a granular nucleus surrounded by a jellylike mass of cytoplasm that forms temporary extensions, or pseudopodia, by which the organism moves, engulfs food particles, and forms food vacuoles.
a protozoan of the genus Amoeba, inhabiting bottom vegetation of freshwater ponds and streams: used widely in laboratory studies.

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Origin of ameba

From New Latin amoeba, from Greek amoibḗ “change, alternation,”, akin to ameíbein “to exchange”

OTHER WORDS FROM ameba

a·me·ba·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ameba

ameba
/ (əˈmiːbə) /

noun plural -bae (-biː) or -bas

the usual US spelling of amoeba

Derived forms of ameba

amebic, adjective
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Medical definitions for ameba

ameba

n. pl. a•me•bas

A protozoa of the genus Amoeba and of related genera, occurring in soil and water and parasitic in animals.
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Scientific definitions for ameba

ameba
[ ə-mēbə ]

Another spelling of amoeba.
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