phagocytosis


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phag·o·cy·to·sis

 (făg′ə-sī-tō′sĭs)
n.
The engulfing and destruction of particulate matter, such as a bacterium, by a cell.

phag′o·cy·tot′ic (-tŏt′ĭk) adj.

phagocytosis

(ˌfæɡəsaɪˈtəʊsɪs) or

phagocytism

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

phag•o•cy•to•sis

(ˌfæg ə saɪˈtoʊ sɪs)

n.
the ingestion by a cell of a microorganism, cell particle, or other matter surrounded and engulfed by the cell. Compare endocytosis.
[1890–95]
phag`o•cy•tot′ic (-ˈtɒt ɪk) adj.

phagocytosis

the action of phagocytes in ingesting and destroying cells.
See also: Blood and Blood Vessels, Cells

phagocytosis

1. A process of a cell actively engulfing other cells or food particles.
2. A process by which certain cells engulf and destroy foreign particles or microorganisms such as bacteria.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.phagocytosis - process in which phagocytes engulf and digest microorganisms and cellular debris; an important defense against infection
bodily function, bodily process, body process, activity - an organic process that takes place in the body; "respiratory activity"
Translations

phag·o·cy·to·sis

n. fagocitosis, proceso de ingestión y digestión realizado por fagocitos.
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Ultimately, the neutrophil ingests the bacteria through a process called phagocytosis."
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In humans, the mosaic Ad26/Ad26 plus high-dose gp140 boost vaccine was the most immunogenic and elicited Env-specific binding antibody responses, antibody-dependent cellular phagocytosis responses at week 52, and T-cell responses at week 50 (100, 80, and 83 percent, respectively).
The ability of these cells to remove pathogens through phagocytosis is necessary for controlling debilitating lung infections [3, 7, 11, 16].