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Toothlike pseudopodia observed in some amebae, typically in members of the genus Acanthamoeba.
[acantho- + G. pous, podos, foot]
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The cell outline was extremely irregular, ranging from thin and slender acanthopodia to broad lamellae.
Acanthamoeba trophozoites range from 15-45 [micro]m with an average of 30 [micro]m, and have distinctive spiny or thorn-like projections called acanthopodia (Figure 2).
Acanthamoeba trophozoites with characteristic acanthopodia, cytoplasmic vacuoles, and a prominent nucleolus, especially in dermal vessels, were observed only after staining of the second biopsy specimen with hematoxylin and eosin in a context of strong clinical suspicion of DA.