Definition of entamoeba in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌen(t)əˈmēbə/
(also entameba)

noun (plural entamoebae /-ˈmēbē/ or entamoebas)

An amoeba that typically lives harmlessly in the gut, though one kind can cause amoebic dysentery.
Example sentences
  • It occurs when a person eats or swallows something that has been infected with the entamoeba histolytica parasite.
  • This is then viewed under a microscope to look for the entamoeba histolytica parasite.
  • The causative organism responsible for the disease is entamoeba histolytica which exists in the human colon in two forms: motile trophozoile; and non-motile cyst.


Modern Latin, from Greek entos 'within' + amoeba.

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Syllabification: ent·a·moe·ba

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