amoeboid

adjective
amoe·​boid | \ ə-ˈmē-ˌbȯid How to pronounce amoeboid (audio) \
variants: or less commonly ameboid

Definition of amoeboid

: resembling an amoeba specifically in moving or changing in shape by means of protoplasmic flow

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Recent Examples on the Web Other microorganisms travel using amoeboid movement, driven by flexing of their cellular skeletons, built from the protein actin. Tom Siegfried, Smithsonian, "How Tiny, Microbe-Propelled Bots Could Deliver Drugs In Our Bodies," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of amoeboid

1854, in the meaning defined above

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“Amoeboid.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amoeboid. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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amoeboid

adjective
amoe·​boid
variants: or ameboid \ ə-​ˈmē-​ˌbȯid How to pronounce ameboid (audio) \

Medical Definition of amoeboid

: resembling an amoeba specifically in moving or changing shape by means of protoplasmic flow amoeboid movement of monocytes

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