Definition of acanthamoeba in English:

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acanthamoeba

Pronunciation: /əˌkanθəˈmiːbə/

noun (plural acanthamoebae /əˌkanθəˈmiːbiː/)

An amoeba of a genus which includes a number that can cause opportunistic infections in humans.
  • Genus Acanthamoeba, phylum Rhizopoda.
Example sentences
  • The youngster contracted an alarming organism known as acanthamoeba through infected tap water while visiting Canada last year, and it began to eat away at his cornea.
  • Interestingly, serum enhanced the phagocytic ability of acanthamoebae, as measured by bacterial uptake.
  • Also, she says, it is not clear how long acanthamoebae persist in an environment, particularly a marine environment.

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