Meaning of phagocytosis

phag•o•cy•to•sis

Pronunciation: (fag"u-sī-tō'sis), [key]
— n.
  1. the ingestion of a smaller cell or cell fragment, a microorganism, or foreign particles by means of the local infolding of a cell's membrane and the protrusion of its cytoplasm around the fold until the material has been surrounded and engulfed by closure of the membrane and formation of a vacuole: characteristic of amebas and some types of white blood cells. Cf.
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