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/ əˈmi bə /
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noun, plural a·moe·bas, a·moe·bae [uh-mee-bee]. /əˈmi bi/.
a variant of ameba.
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How to use amoeba in a sentence
A book called The Social Amoebae sounds like a guide to avoiding the wrong people at parties.Best of Brit Lit|Peter Stothard|July 24, 2009|DAILY BEAST
The great class of the Protozoa furnish amoebae, members of Sporozoa and Infusoria.
The amoebae are almost invariably found in the large intestine; one species, indeed, is termed Amoeba coli.
Studies on some Amoebae from the termite Mirotermes, with notes on some other protozoa from the Termitidae.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches|Louis M. Roth
You can figure things out in your own little head instead of just getting along on dum psionic luck like us amoebae.Occasion for Disaster|Gordon Randall Garrett
Now, the Amoebae have neither a nervous system nor distinguishable organs of any kind.The Life of the Bee|Maurice Maeterlinck
British Dictionary definitions for amoeba
/ (əˈmiːbə) /
noun plural -bae (-biː) or -bas
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
Derived forms of amoebaamoebic or US amebic, adjective
Word Origin for amoeba
C19: from New Latin, from Greek amoibē change, from ameibein to change, exchange
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Scientific definitions for amoeba
[ ə-mē′bə ]
Plural amoebas amoebae (ə-mē′bē)
Any of various one-celled aquatic or parasitic protozoans of the genus Amoeba or related genera, having no definite form and consisting of a mass of protoplasm containing one or more nuclei surrounded by a flexible outer membrane. Amoebas move by means of pseudopods.
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Cultural definitions for amoeba
[ (uh-mee-buh) ]
An animal composed of only one cell that has no fixed shape. It is the best known of the single-celled animals, or protozoa.
notes for amoeba
The term amoeba is sometimes used to refer to something with an indefinite, changeable shape.
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