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opsonize

[op-suh-nahyz] /ˈɒp səˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), opsonized, opsonizing. Immunology
1.
to increase the susceptibility of (bacteria) to ingestion by phagocytes.
Also, especially British, opsonise.
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opsonization, noun
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  • These antibodies and complement interact to opsonize pneumococci, which facilitates phagocytosis and clearance of the organism.
British Dictionary definitions for opsonize

opsonize

/ˈɒpsəˌnaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to subject (bacteria) to the action of opsonins
Derived Forms
opsonization, opsonisation, opsonification, noun
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opsonize in Medicine

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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