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entamoeba

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noun ent·amoe·ba \ˌen-tə-ˈmē-bə\

Definition of entamoeba

  1. :  any of a genus (Entamoeba) of amoebas parasitic in vertebrates and including one (E. histolytica) that causes amebic dysentery in humans



Origin of entamoeba

New Latin


First Known Use: 1914

Rhymes with entamoeba


Medical Dictionary

entamoeba

noun ent·amoe·ba \ˌent-ə-ˈmē-bə, ˈent-ə-ˌ\

Medical Definition of entamoeba

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of ameboid protozoans (order Amoebida) that are parasitic in the vertebrate digestive tract and especially in the intestines and that include the causative agent (E. histolytica) of amebic dysentery—see endamoeba

  2. 2 also entameba plural entamoebas or entamoebae \-(ˌ)bē\ play :  any protozoan of the genus Entamoeba

entamoebic also entamebic \-bik\ play adjective



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