phago·​cy·​tize ˈfa-gə-sə-ˌtīz How to pronounce phagocytize (audio)
phagocytized; phagocytizing

Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phagocytize was in 1913

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Cite this Entry

“Phagocytize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


transitive verb
variants also British phagocytise
ˈfag-ō-sə-ˌtīz, ˈfag-ə-, -ˌsīt-ˌīz
phagocytized also British phagocytised; phagocytizing also British phagocytising
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