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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

Full Definition of amoeba

plural amoe·bas or amoe·baeplay \-(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

amoe·bicplay also amebic \-bik\ adjective

Illustration of amoeba

Variants of amoeba

also ame·ba 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

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