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Phagocytosis, literally meaning "to eat", is the process of immune responsive cells "eating" material that has been determined to be detrimental to surrounding cells or the body in general. The phagocyzed substance can be: an infectious microbe, a body cell that has become infected/cancerous/old or non-functional, or simply a particle that is not supposed to be there.

Often, the phagocytized agent will be digested and small portions will be attached to the cell's surface for the purpose of Antigen Presentation

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