phagocytosis

noun
phago·​cy·​to·​sis | \ˌfa-gə-sə-ˈtō-səs, -sī-\
plural phagocytoses\ ˌfa-​gə-​sə-​ˈtō-​ˌsēz , -​sī-​ \

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

Other Words from phagocytosis

phagocytotic \ ˌfa-​gə-​sə-​ˈtä-​tik , -​sī-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of phagocytosis

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phagocytosis

New Latin

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phagocytosis

noun
phago·​cy·​to·​sis | \ˌfag-ə-sə-ˈtō-səs, -sī- \
plural phagocytoses\ -​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

Other Words from phagocytosis

phagocytotic \ -​ˈtät-​ik \ adjective

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