Meaning of acanthamoeba in English:


Pronunciation /əˌkanθəˈmiːbə/

nounplural noun acanthamoebae/əˌkanθəˈmiːbiː/

  • An amoeba of a genus which includes a number that can cause opportunistic infections in humans.

    Genus Acanthamoeba, phylum Rhizopoda

    ‘The youngster contracted an alarming organism known as acanthamoeba through infected tap water while visiting Canada last year, and it began to eat away at his cornea.’
    • ‘Interestingly, serum enhanced the phagocytic ability of acanthamoebae, as measured by bacterial uptake.’
    • ‘Also, she says, it is not clear how long acanthamoebae persist in an environment, particularly a marine environment.’
    • ‘Having just completed the first year of a two-year project, the investigator has successfully used the dot-blot technique to detect and identify acanthamoebae in the marine environment.’
    • ‘Known ocular pathogens include bacteria, fungi, and also protozoans such as amoebae, for example the acanthamoebae.’
    • ‘Thus, P. acanthamoebae would resemble the LCA, whereas N. hartmanellae and the unclassified isolate would represent major divergences.’
    • ‘Arguments supporting a pathogenic role are that Chlamydia pneumoniae, a well-recognized agent of pneumonia, was shown to infect free-living amoebae and that another member of the Chlamydiales, Simkania negevensis, which has 88% homology with Parachlamydia acanthamoebae, has caused pneumonia in adults and acute bronchiolitis in infants.’