induced phagocytosis


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in·duced phag·o·cy·to·sis

phagocytosis occurring when bacteria are subjected to the action of opsonins in blood and then brought in contact with leukocytes.

induced phagocytosis

Etymology: L, inducere, to lead in; Gk, phagein, to eat, kytos, cell
the ingestion of microorganisms and other foreign particles by cells (mostly macrophages) of the reticuloendothelial system because of a stimulus from the microorganisms or particles.

in·duced pha·go·cy·to·sis

(in-dūst fag'ŏ-sī-tōsis)
Process in which bacteria are subjected to the action of opsonins in blood and then brought in contact with leukocytes.

induced phagocytosis

Phagocytosis that is stimulated by the presence of opsonins such as antibodies.
See also: phagocytosis
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