[ mech-ni-kawf, -kof; Russian myech-nyi-kuhf ]

  1. É·lie [French ey-lee], /French eɪˈli/, Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov, 1845–1916, Russian zoologist and bacteriologist in France: Nobel Prize in medicine 1908.

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How to use Metchnikoff in a sentence

  • According to Metchnikoff, this property of leukocytes resides entirely within themselves, depending upon their own vital activity.

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  • Metchnikoff believed that the colorless corpuscles of the blood have somewhat the same function.

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  • Consider man, as Metchnikoff describes him, with his overplus of sex energy.

  • Doctor Metchnikoff told me in Paris that America always kills its big men with routine.

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  • Just had a letter from the great Metchnikoff—wants me to come over and work in the Pasteur!

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British Dictionary definitions for Metchnikoff


/ (French mɛtʃnikɔf, Russian ˈmjetʃnikəf) /

  1. Élie (eli). 1845–1916, Russian bacteriologist in France. He formulated the theory of phagocytosis and shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1908

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