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cataphylaxis cat·a·phy·lax·is (kāt'ə-fə-lāk'sĭs)

  1. movement or transportation of white blood cells and antibodies to the site of infection.

  2. A deterioration or breakdown in the natural mechanisms by which the body resists infectious disease.

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