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[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.


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