[ en-doh-sahy-toh-sis ]
/ ˌɛn doʊ saɪˈtoʊ sɪs /

noun Physiology.

the transport of solid matter or liquid into a cell by means of a coated vacuole or vesicle (distinguished from exocytosis).

Origin of endocytosis

1960–65; endo- + -cyte + -osis, perhaps on the model of phagocytosis

OTHER WORDS FROM endocytosis

en·do·cyt·ic [en-doh-sit-ik] /ˌɛn doʊˈsɪt ɪk/, en·do·cy·tot·ic [en-doh-sahy-tot-ik] /ˌɛn doʊ saɪˈtɒt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for endocytosis

/ (ˌɛndəʊsaɪˈtəʊsɪs) /


the process by which a living cell takes up molecules bound to its surface
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Medical definitions for endocytosis

[ ĕn′dō-sī-tōsĭs ]


A process of cellular ingestion by which the plasma membrane folds inward to bring substances into the cell.

Other words from endocytosis

en′do•cytic (-sĭtĭk) null adj.en′do•cy•tose (-tōs) v.
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