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pseudopodium

noun

(Gr. pseudês: false; pous, podos: foot) (pl. pseudopodia) An elongation of the gametophyte axis below the sporophyte in Sphagnum and Andreaea, serving the function of a seta; also applied to a similar extension of a stem tip bearing clusters of gemmae. A temporary projection from the cell of a protozoan, leucocyte, etc., used for feeding and locomotion. A pseudopod. Cf. proboscis. Also pseudopod.