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amoeba

noun, amoe·ba \ə-ˈmē-bə\

Simple Definition of amoeba

  • : a tiny living thing that consists of a single cell

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of amoeba

plural amoebas or amoebaeplay \-(ˌ)bē\

  1. :  any of a large genus (Amoeba) of naked rhizopod protozoans with lobed and never anastomosing pseudopodia, without permanent organelles or supporting structures, and of wide distribution in fresh and salt water and moist terrestrial environments; broadly :  a naked rhizopod or other amoeboid protozoan

amoebicplay also amebic \-bik\ adjective

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Variants of amoeba

also ameba play \ə-ˈmē-bə\

Origin of amoeba

New Latin, genus name, from Greek amoibē change, from ameibein to change — more at migrate


First Known Use: 1855

Rhymes with amoeba


AMOEBA Defined for Kids

amoeba

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noun amoe·ba \ə-ˈmē-bə\

Definition of amoeba for Students

plural amoebas or amoebae \-bē\

  1. :  a tiny water animal that is a single cell which flows about and takes in food




Medical Dictionary

amoeba

noun amoe·ba \ə-ˈmē-bə\

Medical Definition of amoeba

  1. 1 capitalized :  a large genus of naked rhizopod protozoans that have lobed and never anastomosing pseudopodia and are widely distributed in fresh and salt water and moist terrestrial environments

  2. 2 also ameba plural amoebas or amoebae \-(ˌ)bē\ play :  a protozoan of the genus Amoeba; broadly :  an amoeboid protozoan (as a naked rhizopod)

amebic or amoebic \-bik\ play adjective


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