phagocytosis

noun
phago·​cy·​to·​sis | \ ˌfa-gə-sə-ˈtō-səs How to pronounce phagocytosis (audio) , -sī- \
plural phagocytoses\ ˌfa-​gə-​sə-​ˈtō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce phagocytosis (audio) , -​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

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Other Words from phagocytosis

phagocytotic \ ˌfa-​gə-​sə-​ˈtä-​tik How to pronounce phagocytosis (audio) , -​sī-​ \ adjective

Examples of phagocytosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition, Yang also found gene-expression changes in microglia, which clean up waste and eat dead cells in a process called phagocytosis. Stephani Sutherland, Scientific American, "COVID Can Cause Forgetfulness, Psychosis, Mania or a Stutter," 21 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of phagocytosis

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phagocytosis

New Latin

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“Phagocytosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phagocytosis. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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phagocytosis

noun
phago·​cy·​to·​sis | \ ˌfag-ə-sə-ˈtō-səs, -sī- How to pronounce phagocytosis (audio) \
plural phagocytoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce phagocytosis (audio) \

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 How to pronounce phagocytosis (audio) \ adjective

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