phagocytic index


the average number of bacteria ingested per phagocyte in an incubated mixture of bacteria, phagocytes, and blood serum: used in determining the opsonic index.

Nearby words

  1. phagedaena,
  2. phagedena,
  3. phago-,
  4. phagocyte,
  5. phagocytic,
  6. phagocytic pneumonocyte,
  7. phagocytin,
  8. phagocytize,
  9. phagocytolysis,
  10. phagocytose

Origin of phagocytic index

First recorded in 1900–05 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for phagocytic index

phagocytic index


The average number of bacteria observed in the cytoplasm of neutrophils after a mixture of blood serum, bacteria, and neutrophils has been incubated.

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