[fag-uh-sahy-toh-sis] /ˌfæg ə saɪˈtoʊ sɪs/
Physiology. the ingestion of a smaller cell or cell fragment, a microorganism, or foreign particles by means of the local infolding of a cell’s membrane and the protrusion of its cytoplasm around the fold until the material has been surrounded and engulfed by closure of the membrane and formation of a vacuole: characteristic of amebas and some types of white blood cells.
the process by which a cell, such as a white blood cell, ingests microorganisms, other cells, and foreign particles
phagocytosis phag·o·cy·to·sis (fāg’ə-sī-tō’sĭs)
The engulfing and ingestion of bacteria or other foreign bodies by phagocytes.
phag’o·cy·tot’ic (-tŏt’ĭk) adj.
/ˌfæɡəʊˈmeɪnɪə/ noun 1. a compulsive desire to eat noun a passion for food, eating Word Origin Greek phago ‘to eat’
noun a fear of food, eating Word Origin Greek phago ‘to eat’
[fag-uh-sohm] /ˈfæg əˌsoʊm/ noun 1. a vacuole within a phagocyte that contains bacteria or other ingested particles and that becomes fused with a lysosome. phagosome phag·o·some (fāg’ə-sōm’) n. A membrane-bound vesicle formed in a cell by an inward folding of the cell membrane to hold foreign matter taken into the cell by phagocytosis.
[fey-ahy-noh-pep-luh, fey-uh-] /feɪˌaɪ noʊˈpɛp lə, ˌfeɪ ə-/ noun 1. a crested passerine bird, Phainopepla nitens, of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico.