- 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.
Origin of phagocytosis
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Such a constituent may be responsible for phagocytosis and autolysis in the organs undergoing absorption.The Organism as a Whole
It was also seen that recovery from infection in certain diseases was unconnected with phagocytosis.Disease and Its Causes
William Thomas Councilman
Hence the names phagocyte, or devouring cell, given to the enveloping white globule, and phagocytosis to the process.
There are two conditions, under normal circumstances, in which phagocytosis plays a marked part.
Metchnikoff brought forward a rational explanation of immunity with his Cellular or Phagocytosis Theory.The Fundamentals of Bacteriology
Charles Bradfield Morrey
- the process by which a cell, such as a white blood cell, ingests microorganisms, other cells, and foreign particles
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- The engulfing and ingestion of bacteria or other foreign bodies by phagocytes.
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