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viropexis

Line breaks: viro|pexis
Pronunciation: /ˌvʌɪrə(ʊ)ˈpɛksɪs
 
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Definition of viropexis in English:

noun

[mass noun] Microbiology
The process by which a virus particle becomes attached to a cell wall and incorporated into the cell by phagocytosis.
Example sentences
  • This process is known as viropexis where the virus membrane does not become part of the vesicle membrane.
  • Virosomes were taken up by Vero cells by viropexis with no evidence of fusion.
  • With nonenveloped viruses, both viropexis and fusion mechanisms of entry have been reported but more emphasis has been given to changes in virion structure as a result of attachment than to the details by which the virus gains access to particular intracellular sites.

Origin

1940s: from virus + Greek pēxis 'fixing'.

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