spontaneous phagocytosis


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spon·ta·ne·ous phag·o·cy·to·sis

phagocytosis occurring when a culture of bacteria is brought in contact with washed leukocytes in an indifferent medium, such as a physiologic salt solution.

spontaneous phagocytosis

Etymology: L, sponte, free will; Gk, phagein, to eat, kytos, cell, osis, condition
ingestion of antigenic particles by phagocytes of the reticuloendothelial system.

spontaneous phagocytosis

Phagocytosis that occurs in the absence of opsonins.
See also: phagocytosis
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