phagocytize

[fag-uh-sahy-tahyz, -si-tahyz]

verb (used with object), phag·o·cyt·ized, phag·o·cyt·iz·ing.

(of a phagocyte) to devour (material).

Also especially British, phag·o·cyt·ise.

Origin of phagocytize

First recorded in 1920–25; phagocyte + -ize
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Medicine definitions for phagocytize

phagocytize

[făgə-sĭ-tīz′, -sī′-]

v.

To ingest by phagocytosis; phagocytose.
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