pseudopodium

noun
pseu·​do·​po·​di·​um | \ ˌsü-də-ˈpō-dē-əm How to pronounce pseudopodium (audio) \
plural pseudopodia\ ˌsü-​də-​ˈpō-​dē-​ə How to pronounce pseudopodium (audio) \

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

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“Pseudopodium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pseudopodium. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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pseudopodium

noun
pseu·​do·​po·​di·​um | \ ˌsüd-ə-ˈpōd-ē-əm How to pronounce pseudopodium (audio) \
plural pseudopodia\ -​ē-​ə How to pronounce pseudopodium (audio) \

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 amoeboid protrusions of the active plasmodium of a slime mold

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