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[en-tuh-mee-buh] /ˌɛn təˈmi bə/
noun, plural entamebae
[en-tuh-mee-bee] /ˌɛn təˈmi bi/ (Show IPA),
entamebas. Biology.
any protozoan of the genus Entamoeba, members of which are parasitic in vertebrates, including the human pathogens E. gingivalis, found in dental plaque, and E. histolytica, the cause of amebic dysentery.
Compare endameba.
Origin of entameba
< New Latin; see ento-, ameba Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for entamoeba


noun (pl) -bae (-biː), -bas
any parasitic amoeba of the genus Entamoeba (or Endamoeba), esp E. histolytica, which lives in the intestines of man and causes amoebic dysentery
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entamoeba in Medicine

Entamoeba Entamoe·ba n.
A genus of amebas whose members are parasitic in the cecum and large bowel of humans and many mammals and birds. E. histolytica, the only distinct pathogen of the genus, causes amebic dysentery and hepatic amebiasis.

entameba en·ta·me·ba or en·ta·moe·ba (ěn'tə-mē'bə) or en·da·me·ba or en·da·moe·ba (ěn'də-)
A parasitic ameba of the genus Entamoeba.

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