pseudopodium

noun
pseu·do·po·di·um | \ˌsü-də-ˈpō-dē-əm \
plural pseudopodia\ˌsü-də-ˈpō-dē-ə \

Definition of pseudopodium 

1 : a temporary protrusion or retractile process of the cytoplasm of a cell (such as an amoeba or a white blood cell) that functions especially as an organ of locomotion or in taking up food or other particulate matter — see amoeba illustration

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

First Known Use of pseudopodium

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pseudopodium

New Latin

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pseudopodium

noun
pseu·do·po·di·um | \ˌsüd-ə-ˈpōd-ē-əm \
plural pseudopodia\-ē-ə \

Medical Definition of pseudopodium 

1 : a temporary protrusion or retractile process of the cytoplasm of a cell (as an amoeba or a white blood cell) that functions especially as an organ of locomotion or in taking up food or other particulate matter

2 : one of the ameboid protrusions of the active plasmodium of a slime mold

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