Acanthamoeba

Soil amoebae 20-30 mm in diameter that can be grown under axenic conditions and have been extensively used in biochemical studies of cell motility. They have been isolated from cultures of monkey kidney cells, and are pathogenic when injected into mice or monkeys.
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Acanthamoeba

Acanthamoeba is a genus of amoebae, one of the most common protozoa in soil, and frequently found in fresh water and other habitats. The cells are small, usually 15 to 35 μm in length and oval to triangular in shape when moving. Acanthamoeba is able to form metabolically inactive cysts which are resistant to fluctuations in temperature and pH lev...
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Acanthamoeba

(ә-kan″thә-me´bә) a genus of free-living ameboid protozoa found usually in fresh water or moist soil. Certain species, such as A. castella´ni, A. poly´phaga, A. astronyx´is, and A. culbert´soni, may occur as opportunistic human pathogens, causing an acute fatal or chronic infection of the eye, brain, l...
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acanthamoeba

A genus of free-living soil amoebae that produces no flagellate stage. Its organisms are pathogens for several infections in humans and have been found in the eye, bone, brain, and respiratory tract. ... (12 Dec 1998) ...
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Acanthamoeba

A type of free-living protozoa found in soil, dust, springs, hot tubs and fresh water. The infection can enter the body through a cut and has also been associated with contact lens use because the protozoa can survive in the eyes. The protozoa can cause disease and infection in humans, such as encephalitis. More serious conditions can occur and ......
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acanthamoeba

acanthamoeba 1. A microscopic organism, an amoeba, found in soil, dust and fresh water (lakes, rivers, hot springs and hot tubs). 2. A free-living ameba found in soil, sewage, and water, several species of which cause acanthamebiasis. 3. A genus of free-living soil amoebae that produces no flagellate stage. Its organisms are pathogens for several...
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Acanthamoeba

Acanthamoeba: A microscopic organism, an amoeba, found in soil, dust and fresh water (lakes, rivers, hot springs and hot tubs). Acanthamoeba also occur in brackish water and sea water as well as in heating, venting, and air conditioner units, humidifiers, and dialysis units. Acanthamoeba can enter the skin through a cut, wound, or through the nostr...
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Acanthamoeba

keratitis amebic keratitis due to infection by Acanthamoeba species, usually associated with soft contact lens wear, particularly overnight wear.
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Acanthamoeba

Type: Term Pronunciation: ă-kan′thă-mē′bă Definitions: 1. A genus of free-living ameba (family Acanthamoebidae, order Amoebida) found in and characterized by the presence of acanthopodia. Human infection includes invasion of skin or colonization following injury, corneal invasion and colonization, and possibly lung o...
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