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phagocytosis

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noun phago·cy·to·sis \ˌfa-gə-sə-ˈtō-səs, -sī-\

Definition of phagocytosis

plural phagocytosesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. :  the engulfing and usually the destruction of particulate matter by phagocytes

phagocytotic play \-ˈtä-tik\ adjective


Origin of phagocytosis

New Latin


First Known Use: 1889


Medical Dictionary

phagocytosis

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noun phago·cy·to·sis \ˌfag-ə-sə-ˈtō-səs, -sī-\

Medical Definition of phagocytosis

plural phago·cy·to·ses \-ˌsēz\play

  1. :  the engulfing and usually the destruction of particulate matter by phagocytes that serves as an important bodily defense mechanism against infection by microorganisms and against occlusion of mucous surfaces or tissues by foreign particles and tissue debris

phago·cy·tot·ic \-ˈtät-ik\play adjective


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