from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The engulfing and ingestion of foreign bodies such as bacteria or other cells by phagocytes or certain protists, such as amoebas.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The destruction of microbes by phagocytes.

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  • noun immunology, cytology The process where a cell incorporates a particle by extending pseudopodia and drawing the particle into a vacuole of its cytoplasm.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun process in which phagocytes engulf and digest microorganisms and cellular debris; an important defense against infection


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From the German Phagocytosis; equivalent to phagocyte +‎ -osis; compare the French phagocytose.



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