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Medical Term:

phagocytolysis

Pronunciation: fag'o-si-tol'i-sis

Definition

  1. Destruction of phagocytes, or leukocytes, occurring in the process of blood coagulation or as the result of the introduction of certain antagonistic foreign substances into the body.
  2. A spontaneous breaking down of the phagocytes, preliminary (according to Metchnikoff) to the liberation of cytase, or complement.

Synonym(s): phagolysis

[phagocyte + G. lysis, dissolution]

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