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.

More definitions of entamoeba

Definition of entamoeba in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmālˌsträm
a powerful whirlpool in the sea

Shop for an Oxford dictionary

Find the perfect Oxford dictionary for you in our online shop.