[ en-doh-sahy-toh-sis ]

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

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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) /

  1. the process by which a living cell takes up molecules bound to its surface

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