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.
Origin of amoeba
- New Latin Amoeba genus name from Greek amoibē change from ameibein to change mei-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Ancient Greek ἀμοιβή (amoibē, “change”), referring to constantly changing shape of these organisms.