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Definition of Colitis, amebic

Colitis, amebic: 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.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=6545
Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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