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ameba

or a·moe·ba

[uh-mee-buh]
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noun, plural a·me·bas, a·me·bae [uh-mee-bee] /əˈmi bi/.
  1. 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.
  2. 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

< New Latin amoeba < Greek amoibḗ change, alternation, akin to ameíbein to exchange
Related formsa·me·ba·like, adjective
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Related Words for amebae

cell, flagellate, organism, plasmodium, ameba, euglena, paramecium, ciliate, amoeba, sporozoan, stentor

British Dictionary definitions for amebae

ameba

noun plural -bae (-biː) or -bas
  1. the usual US spelling of amoeba
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Derived Formsamebic, adjective
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amebae in Medicine

ameba

n. pl. a•me•bas
  1. A protozoa of the genus Amoeba and of related genera, occurring in soil and water and parasitic in animals.
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amebae in Science

ameba

[ə-mēbə]
  1. Another spelling of amoeba.
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