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
 
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opsonify, opsonise or opsonify
 
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opsoni'zation, opsonise or opsonify
 
n
 
opsoni'sation, opsonise or opsonify
 
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opsonifi'cation, opsonise or opsonify
 
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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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These antibodies and complement interact to opsonize pneumococci, which facilitates phagocytosis and clearance of the organism.
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