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pseudopodium

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noun pseu·do·po·di·um \ˌsü-də-ˈpō-dē-əm\

Definition of pseudopodium

plural

pseudopodia

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  1. 1 :  a temporary protrusion or retractile process of the cytoplasm of a cell that functions (as in an amoeba) especially in a locomotor or food gathering capacity — see amoeba illustration

  2. 2 :  a slender leafless branch of the gametophyte in various mosses that often bears gemmae



Origin and Etymology of pseudopodium

New Latin


First Known Use: 1854


Medical Dictionary

pseudopodium

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noun pseu·do·po·di·um \ˌsüd-ə-ˈpōd-ē-əm\

Medical Definition of pseudopodium

plural

pseudopodia

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  1. 1:  a temporary protrusion or retractile process of the cytoplasm of a cell (as an amoeba or a white blood cell) that functions especially as an organ of locomotion or in taking up food or other particulate matter

  2. 2:  one of the ameboid protrusions of the active plasmodium of a slime mold



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