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

Examples of amoeboid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Around the same time, Lina Bo Bardi punched out amoeboid openings in the side of a concrete steel-drum-factory tower in São Paulo, transforming it into a cultural center. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 23 Sep. 2021 Other microorganisms travel using amoeboid movement, driven by flexing of their cellular skeletons, built from the protein actin. Tom Siegfried, Smithsonian, 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of amoeboid

1854, in the meaning defined above

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“Amoeboid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amoeboid. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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amoeboid

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