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Variably shaped one-cell organism, found in freshwater or salt water, in humid soil or, sometimes, as a parasite of animals. It moves about and feeds with the help of pseudopodia.
amoeba plasma membrane pseudopod contractile vacuole nucleus food vacuole

plasma membrane click to hear

The cell’s flexible outer casing; it separates the cell from the surrounding environment and works as a filter to control the entry and exit of certain substances.

pseudopod click to hear

Extension of the cytoplasmic membrane and cytoplasm allowing the amoeba to move about and to trap its prey.

contractile vacuole click to hear

Spheroid cavity acting as a pump to evacuate excess water and waste from the cell.

nucleus click to hear

Organelle containing a cell’s genes and controlling its activities.

food vacuole click to hear

Spheroid cavity in which the amoeba traps its prey to digest it.