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.

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Also especially British, op·so·nise .

Origin of opsonize

OTHER WORDS FROM opsonize

op·so·ni·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for opsonize

opsonize

opsonise opsonify (ɒpˈsɒnɪˌfaɪ)

/ (ˈɒpsəˌnaɪz) /

verb

(tr) to subject (bacteria) to the action of opsonins

Derived forms of opsonize

opsonization, opsonisation or opsonification, noun
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Medical definitions for opsonize

opsonize
[ ŏpsə-nīz′ ]

v.

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