heterophagy

noun
het·​er·​oph·​a·​gy | \ ˌhet-ə-ˈräf-ə-jē How to pronounce heterophagy (audio) \
plural heterophagies

Medical Definition of heterophagy

: digestion in a fused vacuole and lysosome of material taken into a cell by phagocytosis or pinocytosis

Other Words from heterophagy

heterophagic \ -​rō-​ˈfā-​jik How to pronounce heterophagic (audio) \ adjective

Learn More about heterophagy

Cite this Entry

“Heterophagy.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/heterophagy. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

Comments on heterophagy

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

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

July 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • papercraft sunset
  • Which is a synonym of mien?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

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!