phagocytize

phagocytize

[fag-uh-sahy-tahyz, -si-tahyz]
verb (used with object), phagocytized, phagocytizing.
(of a phagocyte) to devour (material).
Also, especially British, phagocytise.


Origin:
1920–25; phagocyte + -ize

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phagocytize phag·o·cy·tize (fāg'ə-sĭ-tīz', -sī'-)
v. phag·o·cy·tized, phag·o·cy·tiz·ing, phag·o·cy·tiz·es
To ingest by phagocytosis; phagocytose.

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