Phago



1.
a combining form meaning “eating, devouring,” used in the formation of compound words:
phagocyte.
combining form
1.
eating, consuming, or destroying: phagocyte

word-forming element meaning “eating,” from Greek phago- “eating, devouring,” (see -phagous).

phago- pref.
Eating; consuming: phagocyte.

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  • Phagocyte

    [fag-uh-sahyt] /ˈfæg əˌsaɪt/ noun, Cell Biology. 1. any cell, as a macrophage, that ingests and destroys foreign particles, bacteria, and cell debris. /ˈfæɡəˌsaɪt/ noun 1. an amoeboid cell or protozoan that engulfs particles, such as food substances or invading microorganisms n. 1884, from German phagocyten (plural), coined in German in 1884 by Dr. Elias Metchnikoff […]

  • Phagocytic

    [fag-uh-sahyt] /ˈfæg əˌsaɪt/ noun, Cell Biology. 1. any cell, as a macrophage, that ingests and destroys foreign particles, bacteria, and cell debris. /ˈfæɡəˌsaɪt/ noun 1. an amoeboid cell or protozoan that engulfs particles, such as food substances or invading microorganisms n. 1884, from German phagocyten (plural), coined in German in 1884 by Dr. Elias Metchnikoff […]



  • Phagocytic-index

    noun 1. the average number of bacteria ingested per phagocyte in an incubated mixture of bacteria, phagocytes, and blood serum: used in determining the opsonic index. phagocytic index n. The average number of bacteria observed in the cytoplasm of neutrophils after a mixture of blood serum, bacteria, and neutrophils has been incubated.

  • Phagocytin

    phagocytin phag·o·cy·tin (fāg’ə-sīt’n) n. A labile bacteriocide isolated from polymorphonuclear white blood cells.



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