opsonize

/op"seuh nuyz'/, v.t., opsonized, opsonizing. Immunol.
to increase the susceptibility of (bacteria) to ingestion by phagocytes.
Also, esp. Brit., opsonise.
[OPSON(IN) + -IZE]

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  • opsonize — verb To make (bacteria or other cells) more susceptible to the action of phagocytes by use of opsonins …   Wiktionary

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  • opsonize — verb make (cells) more susceptible to the action of phagocytes • Derivationally related forms: ↑opsonisation, ↑opsonization • Hypernyms: ↑change, ↑alter, ↑modify • Verb Frames …   Useful english dictionary

  • opsonized — opsonize (Amer.) v. (Biochemistry) produce opsonin (substance in the blood which aids in the elimination of bacteria); function as opsonin; make cells or bacteria more susceptible to phagocytes (also opsonise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • opsonizes — opsonize (Amer.) v. (Biochemistry) produce opsonin (substance in the blood which aids in the elimination of bacteria); function as opsonin; make cells or bacteria more susceptible to phagocytes (also opsonise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • opsonizing — opsonize (Amer.) v. (Biochemistry) produce opsonin (substance in the blood which aids in the elimination of bacteria); function as opsonin; make cells or bacteria more susceptible to phagocytes (also opsonise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • opsonisation — noun process whereby opsonins make an invading microorganism more susceptible to phagocytosis • Syn: ↑opsonization • Derivationally related forms: ↑opsonize, ↑opsonize (for: ↑opsonization) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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