opsonize

[ op-suh-nahyz ]
/ ˈɒp səˌnaɪz /

verb (used with object), op·so·nized, op·so·niz·ing. Immunology.

to increase the susceptibility of (bacteria) to ingestion by phagocytes.

Nearby words

  1. opsonic,
  2. opsonic index,
  3. opsonify,
  4. opsonin,
  5. opsonization,
  6. opsonocytophagic,
  7. opsonometry,
  8. opt,
  9. opt in,
  10. opt out

Also especially British, op·so·nise.

Origin of opsonize


Related formsop·so·ni·za·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for opsonization

opsonize

opsonise opsonify (ɒpˈsɒnɪˌfaɪ)

/ (ˈɒpsəˌnaɪz) /

verb

(tr) to subject (bacteria) to the action of opsonins
Derived Formsopsonization, opsonisation or opsonification, noun

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Medicine definitions for opsonization

opsonization

[ ŏp′sə-nĭ-zāshən ]

n.

The process by which bacteria are altered by opsonins so as to become more readily and more efficiently engulfed by phagocytes.

opsonize

[ ŏpsə-nīz′ ]

v.

To make bacteria or other cells more susceptible to the action of phagocytes.

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