heterophagy

[hĕt′ə-rŏfə-jē]

n.

Digestion within a cell of a substance taken in by phagocytosis from the cell's environment.

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Examples from the Web for heterophagy

Historical Examples of heterophagy

  • It is an “isophagy” which occurs in place of “heterophagy” (eating of others).

    Degeneracy

    Eugene S. Talbot