from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The engulfing and ingestion of bacteria or other foreign bodies by phagocytes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The process where a cell incorporates a particle by extending pseudopodia and drawing the particle into a vacuole of its cytoplasm.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The destruction of microbes by phagocytes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. process in which phagocytes engulf and digest microorganisms and cellular debris; an important defense against infection
From the German Phagocytosis; equivalent to phagocyte + -osis; compare the French phagocytose. (Wiktionary)