noun, plural ent·a·me·bae [en-tuh–mee-bee] /ˌɛn təˈmi bi/, ent·a·me·bas. Biology.
- any protozoan of the genus Entamoeba, members of which are parasitic in vertebrates, including the human pathogens E. gingivalis, found in dental plaque, and E. histolytica, the cause of amebic dysentery.
noun plural -bae (-biː) or -bas
- any parasitic amoeba of the genus Entamoeba (or Endamoeba), esp E. histolytica, which lives in the intestines of man and causes amoebic dysentery
- A genus of amebas whose members are parasitic in the cecum and large bowel of humans and many mammals and birds. E. histolytica, the only distinct pathogen of the genus, causes amebic dysentery and hepatic amebiasis.
- A parasitic ameba of the genus Entamoeba.