It forms within the phagocyte that engulfed it, then separates from the cell membrane, and fuses with and receives the contents of cytoplasmic granules (lysosomes), thus forming a phagolysosome, in which the hydrolytic enzymes of the lysosome digest the phagocytised material.
Origin: L. Phagedaena, Gr Phago, To eat. Soma, body
(05 Mar 2000)
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