A single-celled organism that moves by means of pseudopodia, typically found in freshwater and soil.
Late 19th century, from latin amoeba, from greek amoibē (change).
- Amebas are simple, single-celled organisms.
- Amebas are found in a variety of environments, including freshwater, soil and the human gut.
- Amebas are commonly studied in biology classes as an example of protozoan.
- Amebas can cause several diseases including amebiasis and dysentery.
- Amebas reproduce by binary fission, where one cell divides into two.