One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural entamoebas, Plural entamoebae
An amoeba that typically lives harmlessly in the gut, though one kind can cause amoebic dysentery.
Genus Entamoeba, phylum Rhizopoda, kingdom Protista
- ‘The causative organism responsible for the disease is entamoeba histolytica which exists in the human colon in two forms: motile trophozoile; and non-motile cyst.’
- ‘This is then viewed under a microscope to look for the entamoeba histolytica parasite.’
- ‘It occurs when a person eats or swallows something that has been infected with the entamoeba histolytica parasite.’
Modern Latin, from Greek entos ‘within’ + amoeba.
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