• Amoeba
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n amoeba naked freshwater or marine or parasitic protozoa that form temporary pseudopods for feeding and locomotion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Amoeba (Zoöl) A rhizopod common in fresh water, capable of undergoing many changes of form at will. Same as ameba. See Rhizopoda.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Amoeba a-mēb′a a name given to a number of the simplest animals or Protozoa, which consist of unit masses of living matter. They flow out in all directions in blunt processes (pseudopodia, 'false feet'), and have thus an endlessly varying form, hence the name
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. change
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. amoibē, change.


In literature:

Thus a simple organism like the Amoeba is possessed of very few correspondences.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
The small jelly-speck, which we call the amoeba, has no organs save what it can extemporize as occasion arises.
"Evolution, Old & New" by Samuel Butler
Whereas at first there was one mature amoeba, now we have before us two young amoebae of the next succeeding generation.
"The Biology, Physiology and Sociology of Reproduction" by Winfield S. Hall
The amoeba represents the lowest animal, and, as we saw, the ovum in many cases resembles an amoeba.
"The World's Greatest Books - Volume 15 - Science" by Various
The lowly amoeba can perform these unenterprising functions more fitly than himself.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
Two amoeba flow together and become one.
"Insects and Diseases" by Rennie W. Doane
Of course they were very small, about the size of a dysentery amoeba.
"Inside John Barth" by William W. Stuart
If an amoeba is that large here, what must an elephant look like?
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
Those purple amoeba we encountered were quite visible to us, yet they are invisible to observers on the earth.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
As regards the animal and vegetable kingdoms, from the amoeba to the orang-utan, the question is simple enough and settled.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel

In news:

The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating after a child died of a suspected amoeba infection.
Health officials said Tuesday the elementary-school-aged child apparently died of a rare form of meningitis caused by an amoeba associated with warm freshwater.
Amoeba in Stillwater's Lily Lake is suspected in boy's death.
The band played Amoeba Records for the release of its second album, "The Fear of Missing Out".
Despite a recent death caused by the Naegleria amoeba , public health officials are emphasizing that the state's lakes are safe to swim in.
Related Stories for Lakes safe despite deadly amoeba .
Young boy dies from amoeba after lake swim.
Heat, drought allow deadly amoeba to thrive.
Keep that tap water — and amoebas — out of your neti pot.
Now that two people have died from infection with brain-eating amoebas after using neti pots, doctors are warning: do not put tap water up your nose.
"If you let them dry completely, the amoebas are not going to survive long," Ratard says.
Topeka — A Kansas resident died this week from what was likely a rare infection by a brain-eating amoeba , giving the state its first documented case, public health officials said Friday.
Brain-eating amoeba , found in warm lakes, streams, and hot springs, are back.
Brain-eating amoebas have killed three young Americans this summer.
Amoebas are single-celled organisms.

In science:

In the algebraic case, when Q is a polynomial, the set G is all of Rn , and the amoeba AV is a proper subset of G .
Amoebas of complex hypersurfaces in statistical thermodynamics
In Sect. 2 we saw that certain information about the position of the amoeba of a complex hypersurface is given by the combinatorics of the integer points of the Newton polytope (or polyhedron) of the polynomial (or series) that defines this hypersurface.
Amoebas of complex hypersurfaces in statistical thermodynamics
Here we shall describe an ob ject associated with the amoeba, that reflects the differential geometry of the hypersurface.
Amoebas of complex hypersurfaces in statistical thermodynamics
The contour CV of the amoeba AV is defined (see ) as the set of critical values of the mapping Log: V → Rn , that is, the mapping Log restricted to the hypersurface V .
Amoebas of complex hypersurfaces in statistical thermodynamics
Fig. 2 depicts the amoebas of the complex curves, which contours do not coincide with the boundaries, besides that the points a, b, c and d are the images of Whitney pleats.
Amoebas of complex hypersurfaces in statistical thermodynamics