amebae

ameba

[uh-mee-buh]
noun, plural amebas, amebae [uh-mee-bee] .
1.
any of numerous freshwater, marine, or parasitic one-celled protozoa of the order Amoebida, characterized by a granular nucleus surrounded by a jellylike mass of cytoplasm that forms temporary extensions, or pseudopodia, by which the organism moves, engulfs food particles, and forms food vacuoles.
2.
a protozoan of the genus Amoeba, inhabiting bottom vegetation of freshwater ponds and streams: used widely in laboratory studies.
Also, amoeba.


Origin:
< Neo-Latin amoeba < Greek amoibḗ change, alternation, akin to ameíbein to exchange

amebalike, adjective
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ameba (əˈmiːbə)
 
n , pl -bae, -bas
the usual US spelling of amoeba
 
a'mebic
 
adj

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ameba a·me·ba or amoeba (ə-mē'bə)
n. pl. a·me·bas or a·me·bae (-bē)
A protozoa of the genus Amoeba and of related genera, occurring in soil and water and parasitic in animals.

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ameba   (ə-mē'bə)  Pronunciation Key 
Another spelling of amoeba.
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