- 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.
Origin of ameba
Related Words for amebacell, flagellate, organism, plasmodium, ameba, euglena, paramecium, ciliate, amoeba, sporozoan, stentor
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Historical Examples of ameba
Yet, is man any less a unit than the Ameba, or any other simple organism?
Some are simple like the ameba, others are very complex in structure.
The ameba solves this difficulty by dividing to form two amebæ.
The cells are better off than the ameba, for their food is brought to them.
The cells are like the tiny animal, the ameba, and can take in the food by any part of their bodies.
- the usual US spelling of amoeba
- A protozoa of the genus Amoeba and of related genera, occurring in soil and water and parasitic in animals.
- Another spelling of amoeba.