phagocytosis


phago·cy·to·sis

noun \ˌfa-gə-sə-ˈtō-səs, -sī-\
plural phago·cy·to·ses\-ˌsēz\

Definition of PHAGOCYTOSIS

:  the engulfing and usually the destruction of particulate matter by phagocytes
phago·cy·tot·ic \-ˈtä-tik\ adjective

Origin of PHAGOCYTOSIS

New Latin
First Known Use: 1889

phago·cy·to·sis

noun \ˌfag-ə-sə-ˈtō-səs, -sī-\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural phago·cy·to·ses \-ˌsēz\

Medical Definition of PHAGOCYTOSIS

: 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\ adjective

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