opsonization

opsonize

[op-suh-nahyz]
verb (used with object), opsonized, opsonizing. Immunology.
to increase the susceptibility of (bacteria) to ingestion by phagocytes.
Also, especially British, opsonise.


Origin:
opson(in) + -ize

opsonization, noun
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opsonize, opsonise or opsonify (ˈɒpsəˌnaɪz, ɒpˈsɒnɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb
(tr) to subject (bacteria) to the action of opsonins
 
opsonise, opsonise or opsonify
 
vb
 
opsonify, opsonise or opsonify
 
vb
 
opsoni'zation, opsonise or opsonify
 
n
 
opsoni'sation, opsonise or opsonify
 
n
 
opsonifi'cation, opsonise or opsonify
 
n

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opsonization op·so·ni·za·tion (ŏp'sə-nĭ-zā'shən)
n.
The process by which bacteria are altered by opsonins so as to become more readily and more efficiently engulfed by phagocytes.

opsonize op·so·nize (ŏp'sə-nīz')
v. op·so·nized, op·so·niz·ing, op·so·niz·es
To make bacteria or other cells more susceptible to the action of phagocytes.

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