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- n. any ameba of the genus Endamoeba
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Pyorrhea, or Riggs's disease, affects the tissues surrounding the root of the tooth, and is accompanied with infection by pus bacteria, and possibly also by animal parasites, termed endameba.
A number of investigators have reported the presence of an animal parasite, the _endameba buccalis_, in all cases of pyorrhea, and it is thought that this parasite may be one of the principal causes of this disease.