phagocytosis'

phagocytosis

[fag-uh-sahy-toh-sis]
noun
Physiology. the ingestion of a smaller cell or cell fragment, a microorganism, or foreign particles by means of the local infolding of a cell's membrane and the protrusion of its cytoplasm around the fold until the material has been surrounded and engulfed by closure of the membrane and formation of a vacuole: characteristic of amebas and some types of white blood cells.


Origin:
1890–95; phagocyte + -osis

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phagocytosis (ˌfæɡəsaɪˈtəʊsɪs)
 
n
the process by which a cell, such as a white blood cell, ingests microorganisms, other cells, and foreign particles

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phagocytosis phag·o·cy·to·sis (fāg'ə-sī-tō'sĭs)
n.
The engulfing and ingestion of bacteria or other foreign bodies by phagocytes.


phag'o·cy·tot'ic (-tŏt'ĭk) adj.
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