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date: 26 May 2019

Entamoeba histolytica 

Source:
A Dictionary of Biomedicine
Author(s):

John Lackie

The protozoon that is the causative agent of amoebiasis (amoebic dysentery), a disease responsible for considerable morbidity and mortality in humans (estimated to be responsible for 50 000–100 000 deaths every year worldwide). The life cycle involves an infective cyst stage and a multiplying trophozoite stage and is transmitted by faecal contamination of water. ‘Nonpathogenic’ entamoebiasis is due to infection with another species, ... ...

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