Dientamoeba fragilis

[ dī-ĕn′tə-mēbə frăjə-lĭs ]

n.

A small amoeba that is parasitic in the large intestine and is capable of causing low-grade inflammation coupled with mucous diarrhea and gastrointestinal disturbance.

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