entameba

or ent·a·moe·ba

[ en-tuh-mee-buh ]
/ ˌɛn təˈmi bə /

noun, plural ent·a·me·bae [en-tuh-mee-bee] /ˌɛn təˈmi bi/, ent·a·me·bas. Biology.

any protozoan of the genus Entamoeba, members of which are parasitic in vertebrates, including the human pathogens E. gingivalis, found in dental plaque, and E. histolytica, the cause of amebic dysentery.
Compare endameba.

Origin of entameba

From New Latin; see origin at ento-, ameba
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Medicine definitions for entameba

entameba

n.

A parasitic ameba of the genus Entamoeba.

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