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Opsonization

  • Definition: The facilitation of phagocytosis of antigens by phagocytes in the blood or tissues. Mediated by antibody bound to the particles to form antibody-antigen complexes, or by complement proteins (vertebrates) or complement-like proteins (invertebrates) bound to antigen.

    Source: Hickman, C.P., et al. 2011. Integrated Principles of Zoology. Fifteenth Edition. McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

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