- to increase the susceptibility of (bacteria) to ingestion by phagocytes.
Also especially British, op·so·nise.
Origin of opsonize
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opsonise opsonify (ɒpˈsɒnɪˌfaɪ)
- (tr) to subject (bacteria) to the action of opsonins
- To make bacteria or other cells more susceptible to the action of phagocytes.
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