entamoeba

noun
ent·​amoe·​ba | \ ˌen-tə-ˈmē-bə How to pronounce entamoeba (audio) \

Definition of entamoeba

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

First Known Use of entamoeba

1914, in the meaning defined above

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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 amoeboid 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 plural entamoebas also entamebas or entamoebae also entamebae\ -​(ˌ)bē How to pronounce entamebae (audio)\ : any protozoan of the genus Entamoeba

Other Words from entamoeba

entamoebic also entamebic \ -​bik How to pronounce entamebic (audio) \ adjective

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