1. <operating system> A distributed operating system developed by Andrew S. Tanenbaum and others of Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Amoeba is only available under licence from the VUA, but is free of charge and includes all source, binaries and documentation.

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2. <abuse> A derogatory term for Commodore's Amiga personal computer.

(01 Mar 1997)

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<protozoa> Genus of protozoa, but also an imprecise name given to several types of free living unicellular phagocytic organism.

Giant forms (e.g. Amoeba proteus) may be up to 2mm long and crawl over surfaces by protruding pseudopods (amoeboid movement). Amoebae exhibit great plasticity of form and conspicuous cytoplasmic streaming.

This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology

(22 Feb 2008)

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