pseudopodium


pseu·do·po·di·um

noun \ˌsü-də-ˈpō-dē-əm\
plural pseu·do·po·dia\-dē-ə\

Definition of PSEUDOPODIUM

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

Origin of PSEUDOPODIUM

New Latin
First Known Use: 1854

pseu·do·po·di·um

noun \ˌsüd-ə-ˈpōd-ē-əm\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural pseu·do·po·dia \-ē-ə\

Medical Definition of PSEUDOPODIUM

1
: a temporary protrusion or retractile process of the cytoplasm of a cell (as a unicellular organism or a white blood cell of a higher organism) that functions especially as an organ of locomotion or in taking up food
2
: one of the ameboid protrusions of the active plasmodium of a slime mold

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