PHAGOCYTOSIS

noun. the procedure by which solid particles, inclusive of foreign compounds, food pieces, and other cells, are engulfed by cells referred to as phagocytes. The compounds are encompassed by membrane, forming a vacuole in the phagocyte which fuses with a lysosome, an organelle made up of enzymes which digest the engulfed materials. Specific white blood cells function as phagocytes as part of the immune reaction.

PHAGOCYTOSIS: "Phagocytosis can take anywhere from moments to hours or days to initiate following the introduction of a harmful substance into the body."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "PHAGOCYTOSIS," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/phagocytosis/ (accessed October 18, 2019).
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