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pseudopod

[soo-duh-pod] /ˈsu dəˌpɒd/
noun, Biology
1.
a temporary protrusion of the protoplasm, as of certain protozoans, usually serving as an organ of locomotion or prehension.
Also called pseudopodium.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; < New Latin pseudopodium; see pseudo-, -podium
Related forms
pseudopodal
[soo-dop-uh-dl] /suˈdɒp ə dl/ (Show IPA),
pseudopodial
[soo-duh-poh-dee-uh l] /ˌsu dəˈpoʊ di əl/ (Show IPA),
pseudopodic, adjective
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  • They extend tiny pseudopods out from their shell to capture food, and sometimes they house algae to help feed them.
Word Origin and History for pseudopods

pseudopod

n.

1862, from Modern Latin pseudopodium (itself in English from 1854), from Latinized form of Greek pseudo- (see pseudo-) + podion, diminutive of pous "foot" (see foot (n.)). Related: Pseudopodal.

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pseudopods in Medicine

pseudopod pseu·do·pod (sōō'də-pŏd')
n.
A temporary projection of the cytoplasm of certain cells or of certain unicellular organisms, especially amoebas, that serves in locomotion and phagocytosis.

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