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Related to opsonization: Complement system
the rendering of bacteria and other cells subject to phagocytosis.
The process by which bacteria and other cells are altered in such a manner that they are more readily and more efficiently engulfed by phagocytes.
opsonization/op·so·ni·za·tion/ (op″sah-nĭ-za´shun) the rendering of bacteria and other cells subject to phagocytosis.
Etymology: Gk, opsonein + izein, to cause
the action of opsonin. Also called opsonification.
The process by which bacteria are altered so that they are more readily and more efficiently engulfed by phagocytes.
opsonizationThe process by which bacteria or other antigen-bearing entities are rendered attractive to PHAGOCYTES by the binding of OPSONIN to their surface.
opsonizationaddition of an opsonin (i.e. a complement moiety) to a bacterium, to ensure that the microorganism is readily identified, and more efficiently taken up, by macrophages
the rendering of bacteria and other foreign substance subject to phagocytosis.