Amebic colitis
Amebic dysentery (inflammation of the intestine) with ulcers in the colon due to infection with an ameba (Entamoeba histolytica), a single-celled parasite transmitted to humans via contaminated water and food. “Ameba” is from the Greek “amoibe” meaning “change” because amebae constantly change shape.

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see under dysentery.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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