entamoeba

entameba

[en-tuh-mee-buh]
noun, plural entamebae [en-tuh-mee-bee] , 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.
Also, entamoeba.
Compare endameba.


Origin:
< Neo-Latin; see ento-, ameba

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entamoeba, (US) endamoeba, (US) entameba or (US) endameba (ˌɛntəˈmiːbə)
 
n , pl -bae, -bas
any parasitic amoeba of the genus Entamoeba (or Endamoeba), esp E. histolytica, which lives in the intestines of man and causes amoebic dysentery
 
endamoeba, (US) endamoeba, (US) entameba or (US) endameba (ˌɛntəˈmiːbə, -biː)
 
n
 
entameba, (US) endamoeba, (US) entameba or (US) endameba (ˌɛntəˈmiːbə, -biː, -biː)
 
n
 
endameba, (US) endamoeba, (US) entameba or (US) endameba (ˌɛntəˈmiːbə, -biː, -biː, -biː)
 
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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-)
n.
A parasitic ameba of the genus Entamoeba.

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.

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