nounplural noun entamoebae/ˌɛntəˈmiːbiː/ , plural noun entamoebas
An amoeba that typically lives harmlessly in the gut, though one kind can cause amoebic dysentery.
Genus Entamoeba, phylum Rhizopoda, kingdom Protista‘It occurs when a person eats or swallows something that has been infected with the entamoeba histolytica parasite.’
- ‘This is then viewed under a microscope to look for the entamoeba histolytica parasite.’
- ‘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.’
Modern Latin, from Greek entos ‘within’ + amoeba.