phagocytosis

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

Definition of phagocytosis

plural phagocytoses play \ˌfa-gə-sə-ˈtō-ˌsēz, -sī-\
: 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

phagocytotic

play \ˌfa-gə-sə-ˈtä-tik, -sī-\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of phagocytosis

New Latin


Medical Dictionary

phagocytosis

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

medical Definition of phagocytosis

plural phagocytoses play \-ˌsēz\
: 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

phagocytotic

play \-ˈtät-ik\ adjective

Illustration of phagocytosis


Learn More about phagocytosis


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up phagocytosis? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

ditzy

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!