Definition of entamoeba in English:


Line breaks: ent|amoeba
Pronunciation: /ˌɛntəˈmiːbə
(US also entameba)

noun (plural entamoebae /-biː/ or entamoebas)

  • An amoeba that typically lives harmlessly in the gut, though one kind can cause amoebic dysentery.
    • Genus Entamoeba, phylum Rhizopoda, kingdom Protista
    More 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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