pseudopod

pseudopod

[soo-duh-pod]
noun Biology.
a temporary protrusion of the protoplasm, as of certain protozoans, usually serving as an organ of locomotion or prehension.
Also called pseudopodium.


Origin:
1870–75; < Neo-Latin pseudopodium; see pseudo-, -podium

pseudopodal [soo-dop-uh-dl] , pseudopodial [soo-duh-poh-dee-uhl] , pseudopodic, adjective
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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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pseudopod (s'də-pŏd') also pseudopodium   (s'də-pŏd')
Plural pseudopods or pseudopodia
A temporary footlike extension of a one-celled organism, such as an amoeba, used for moving about and for surrounding and taking in food.
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