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Intracellular digestion

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Definition

noun

A form of digestion wherein the breaking down of materials into smaller components takes place inside the cell.


Supplement

In intracellular digestion, the materials or food particles are taken into the cell to be digested. Lysosomes and food vacuoles are responsible for this process.


Word origin: intracellular + digestion

Synonym: cellular digestion

Compare: extracellular digestion