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Opsonization

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Definition

noun, plural: opsonizations

The process at which opsonins bind to the surface of the antigen so that the antigen will be readily identified and engulfed by phagocytes for destruction


Supplement

Examples of opsonins are antibody molecules such as the IgM that are capable of activating the complement system to increase the susceptibility of antigens to phagocytosis.

Variant(s):

  • opsonisation (British)

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