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amebic

 [ah-me´bik]
pertaining to, caused by, or of the nature of, an ameba.
amebic dysentery a form of dysentery caused by Entamoeba histolytica and spread by contaminated food, water, and flies; it was formerly thought to be a purely tropical disease, but it is now known that many cases occur throughout the United States. It is usually less acute and virulent than bacillary dysentery, but it frequently becomes chronic. Symptoms are diarrhea, fatigue, and intestinal bleeding. Complications include involvement of the liver, liver abscess, and pulmonary abscess. For treatment several drugs are available, for example, emetine hydrochloride and chloroquine, which may be used singly or in combination. Called also intestinal amebiasis.

a·me·bic

(ă-mē'bik),
Relating to, resembling, or caused by amebas.

amebic

/ame·bic/ (ah-me´bik) pertaining to or of the nature of an ameba.

amebic

See ameba.

amebic

adjective Pertaining to
1. Amebiasis, see there.
2. Amoeba, see there.

a·me·bic

(ă-mē'bik)
Relating to, resembling, or caused by amebas.

amebic

pertaining to, caused by, or of the nature of, an ameba.

amebic dysentery
an acute amebic dysentery of humans caused by Entamoeba histolytica which rarely occurs spontaneously in dogs and cats. A similar disease of reptiles and amphibians is caused by E. invadens and E. ranarum.
amebic gill disease
caused by Paramoeba spp.; important disease in sea-caged salmonids; manifested by lethargy, flared opercula, rapid death; encouraged by high temperatures.
amebic granulomatosis
world-wide disease of goldfish; cause not definitely known; characterized by white nodules on the skin, visceral granulomata and ascites.
amebic meningoencephalitis
caused by Naegleria fowleri and is restricted in occurrence to humans.
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Successful treatment of primary amebic meningoencephalitis.
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PCR has been used to identify ameba DNA in brain tissue and CSF of persons suspected of having balamuthiasis (2) and in brain tissue of a patient with primary amebic meningoencephalitis caused by N.
Grunnet ML, Cannon GH, Kushner JE Fulminant amebic meningoencephalitis due to Acanthamoeba.
Primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) is invariably an acute, often fulminant infection caused by Naegleria fowleri, a small, free-living ameba that occasionally infects humans and other mammals.
Legionellosis, Pontiac fever, nontuberculous mycobacterioses, and primary amebic meningoencephalitis are a few sapronoses that have emerged in the past decade.