[ făg′ə-sī-tŏlĭ-sĭs ]


The destruction of phagocytes or white blood cells that occurs during the process of blood coagulation or as the result of the introduction of certain antagonistic foreign substances into the body.

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phag′o•cy′to•lytic (făg′ə-sī′tə-lĭtĭk) adj.
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