Definition of opsonize in English:

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opsonize

Pronunciation: /ˈɒpsənʌɪz/
(also opsonise)

verb

[with object] Medicine
Make (a foreign cell) more susceptible to phagocytosis: CRP opsonizes the capsules of virulent pneumococci
More example sentences
  • The role of B-cells in the immune response is to release antibodies that may opsonize a particular cell and assist T-cells in destruction of that cell.
  • It opsonised GAS with an average percentage opsonisation of 46 and 50 per cent, respectively.
  • Three-micrometer latex beads were opsonized with human immunoglobulin G.

Derivatives

opsonization

noun
Example sentences
  • Children who are undernourished consistently have been found to have significant and profound changes in cell-mediated immunity, complement levels, and opsonization that lead to susceptibility to various infections.
  • Infection is cleared, usually within 2-3 weeks, by antibody opsonization and macrophage clearance.
  • Their functions include not only self/non-self recognition but also engaging associated effector mechanisms, such as complement-mediated opsonization and killing of potential pathogens.

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