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Amoeba

Pronunciation: ă-mē′bă

Definition: A genus of naked, lobose, pseudopod-forming protozoa of the class Sarcodina (or Rhizopoda), which are abundant soil-dwellers, especially in rich organic debris, and are also commonly found as parasites. The typical amebic parasites of humans are now placed in the genera Entamoeba, Endolimax, and Iodamoeba.

[Mod. L. fr. G. amoibē change]

See Also: Naegleria

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