Definition of entameba in English:

entameba

Syllabification: ent·a·me·ba
Pronunciation: /ˌentəˈmēbə
 
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(also entamoeba)

noun (plural entamebae /-ˈmēbē/ or entamebas)

  • An ameba that typically lives harmlessly in the gut, though one kind can cause amebic 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.

Origin

modern Latin, from Greek entos 'within' + ameba.

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