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Pronunciation: ent'a-me'ba

Definition: A genus of ameba parasitic in the oral cavity, cecum, and large bowel of humans and other primates and in many domestic and wild mammals and birds; with the exception of Entamoeba histolytica, members of the genus appear to be relatively harmless inhabitants of the host.

[G. entos, within + amoibe, change]

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