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The engulfing and destruction of particulate matter, such as a bacterium, by a cell.
phag′o·cy·tot′ic (-tŏt′ĭk) adj.
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(Physiology) the process by which a cell, such as a white blood cell, ingests microorganisms, other cells, and foreign particles
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phag•o•cy•to•sis(ˌfæg ə saɪˈtoʊ sɪs)
the ingestion by a cell of a microorganism, cell particle, or other matter surrounded and engulfed by the cell. Compare endocytosis.
phag`o•cy•tot′ic (-ˈtɒt ɪk) adj.
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the action of phagocytes in ingesting and destroying cells.See also: Blood and Blood Vessels, Cells
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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.
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|Noun||1.||phagocytosis - process in which phagocytes engulf and digest microorganisms and cellular debris; an important defense against infection|
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n. fagocitosis, proceso de ingestión y digestión realizado por fagocitos.
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