[ soo-duh-pod ]
/ ˈsu dəˌpɒd /

noun Biology.

a temporary protrusion of the protoplasm, as of certain protozoans, usually serving as an organ of locomotion or prehension.

Nearby words

  1. pseudoparesis,
  2. pseudopelade,
  3. pseudoperipteral,
  4. pseudophone,
  5. pseudoplatelet,
  6. pseudopodium,
  7. pseudopolyp,
  8. pseudopregnancy,
  9. pseudoprostyle,
  10. pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism

Origin of pseudopod

1870–75; < New Latin pseudopodium; see pseudo-, -podium

Also called pseudopodium.

Related formspseu·dop·o·dal [soo-dop-uh-dl] /suˈdɒp ə dl/, pseu·do·po·di·al [soo-duh-poh-dee-uh l] /ˌsu dəˈpoʊ di əl/, pseu·do·pod·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for pseudopod



1862, from Modern Latin pseudopodium (itself in English from 1854), from Latinized form of Greek pseudo- (see pseudo-) + podion, diminutive of pous "foot" (see foot (n.)). Related: Pseudopodal.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for pseudopod


[ sōōdə-pŏd′ ]


A temporary projection of the cytoplasm of certain cells or of certain unicellular organisms, especially amoebas, that serves in locomotion and phagocytosis.

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Science definitions for pseudopod


[ sōōdə-pŏd′ ]

Plural pseudopods pseudopodia

A temporary footlike extension of a one-celled organism, such as an amoeba, used for moving about and for surrounding and taking in food.
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