from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To phagocytize.

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  • v. To phagocytize


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Back-formation from phagocytosis.


  • The addition of latex beads to the RTHDF cells did not indicate that the cells were able to phagocytose (data not shown).

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  • PMNs are recruited to sites of infection and rapidly phagocytose invading microbes.

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  • I'm not 100% sure of how it works but I know they phagocytose the bacteria, i.e. engulf them and break them down, so I think the pus is the dead neutrophils which have done their job (and are then cleaned up by macrophages or just generally lost by sloughing off the pus).

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  • Cellular ability to phagocytose evolved early on in the tree of life and has been incorporated into nearly every single life form since then. Blog

  • Generally speaking, though, the ability to phagocytose, or eat, is a fundamental prerequisite to life. Blog

  • DC phagocytose tumor antigen and migrate to the dLN where they stimulate T cell clonal expansion resulting in T cell-dependent brain tumor regression and long-term immunological memory.

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  • In order to mount a specific antitumor immune response, DCs need to infiltrate the tumor mass where they can phagocytose tumor antigen, and migrate to the cervical dLN to elicit clonal expansion of antitumor specific T cells.

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  • The processes may become linked when cell uptake is disrupted and the rate of cell death exceeds the rate at which macrophages are able to phagocytose apoptotic material.

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  • In this stage the macrophages appear which phagocytose the fragmented polymorphonuclear leukocytes and red cells and other inflammatory debris.

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  • Instead, the immunolabeling and mRNA expression pattern supports our hypothesis that the monocytes are capable to phagocytose AA amyloid.

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