An example of an amoeba.
An example of an amoeba is an invisible organism called Entamueba histolytica which is found in tropical areas that are unclean, and causes the deadly disease dysentery.
nounpl. -·bas or -·bae
- a one-celled, microscopic organism belonging to any of several families of rhizopods that move and feed using pseudopodia and reproduce by fission; esp., any of a genus (Amoeba) found in soil or water or a parasitic genus (Entamoeba) found in higher animals and humans
- something indefinite in shape or perpetually changing, like an amoeba
Origin of amoebaModern Latin from Classical Greek amoib?, change from ameibein, to change
nounpl. a·moe·bas, or a·moe·bae also a·me·bas or a·me·bae
Origin of amoebaNew Latin Amoeba genus name from Greek amoibē change from ameibein to change ; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots.
(plural amoebae or amoebas)
From Ancient Greek ἀμοιβή (amoibē, “change”), referring to constantly changing shape of these organisms.