A common name describing the one-celled organisms classified under the order Amoebida of the class Sarcodina. An ameba has a constantly changing form and moves and eats by extending pseudopods, or long fingers of itself, from its body cytoplasm.

See also: amoeba.

From the BioTech Dictionary at http://biotech.icmb.utexas.edu/. For further information see the BioTech homenode.

A*me"ba (#), n; pl. L. Amebae (#); E. Amebas (#). [NL., fr. Gr. change.] Zool.

A rhizopod. common in fresh water, capable of undergoing many changes of form at will. See Rhizopoda.


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