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noun Biology.
  1. a temporary protrusion of the protoplasm, as of certain protozoans, usually serving as an organ of locomotion or prehension.
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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
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Historical Examples of pseudopod

  • From the mass extended a pseudopod; touched Gunga on the arm.

    Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930


  • He lifted a pseudopod from primordial ooze, and the pseudopod was him.

  • They had them stashed away like everything else they could lay a pseudopod on.


    John Keith Laumer

  • This time a pseudopod emerged, and reached slowly out for him.

  • It continued to move outward, and on the map it appeared like a pseudopod extruded by an enormous amoeba.

    Operation Terror

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pseudopod in Medicine


  1. 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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pseudopod in Science


Plural pseudopods pseudopodia
  1. 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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