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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.
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.