bacteriotropin


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bac·te·ri·ot·ro·pin

(bak-tēr'ē-ot'rō-pin),
A constituent of the blood, usually a specific antibody, that is, opsonin, that combines with bacterial cells and renders them more susceptible to phagocytes.

bacteriotropin

(băk-tē″rē-ŏt′rō-pĭn) [″ + tropos, a turn]
An opsonin or a substance that enhances the ability of phagocytes to engulf bacteria.