• WordNet 3.6
    • n phagocytosis process in which phagocytes engulf and digest microorganisms and cellular debris; an important defense against infection
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n phagocytosis The destruction of microbes by phagocytes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Phagocytosis the destruction of microbes by phagocytes
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. phagein, to eat, kytos, a vessel.


In literature:

It was also seen that recovery from infection in certain diseases was unconnected with phagocytosis.
"Disease and Its Causes" by William Thomas Councilman
Stronger lotions are to be avoided as being likely to depress the tissues, and so interfere with protective phagocytosis.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
Phagocytosis: the destruction or devouring of bacteria or other microorganisms by phagocytes.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
It is the principle of phagocytosis.
"Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why" by Martha M. Allen
If either of these is wanting or interfered with, phagocytosis will necessarily fail as a means of defence.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
Hence the opinion arose that histolysis is a process of phagocytosis.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 4" by Various

In science:

Peptidoglycan--an endotoxin in its own right? Shock. 2006 Mar;25(3):227-35. 16552353. Nagl M, Kacani L, Müllauer B. e t al. Phagocytosis and Killing of Bacteria by Professional Phagocytes and Dendritic Cells.
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process