entamoeba

noun ent·amoe·ba \ ˌen-tə-ˈmē-bə \

Definition of entamoeba

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

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entamoeba

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

medical Definition of entamoeba

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

entamoebic

also entamebic play \-bik\ adjective

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