acanthamoeba

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Etymology[edit]

acanth- (thorny) +‎ amoeba

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acanthamoeba (plural acanthamoebae)

  1. Any amoeba of the genus Acanthamoeba, found chiefly in soil. [First attested in the mid 20th century.][1]
    • 2007 May 28, Lawrence K. Altman, “Outbreak of Eye Infections Puzzles Officials”, New York Times:
      They have also advised people to throw out their current contact lenses and the lens storage cases because they may harbor the acanthamoeba parasite.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Brown, Lesley, ed. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. 5th. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.