Phagocytosis

Phagocytosis

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Caption: colour enhanced micrograph of a human white blood cell (green) ingesting a chain of bacterium (Streptococcus sp.). The white blood cell has engulfed, by the process of phagocytosis, a long bacterium visible at center (purple) Through phagocytosis, certain white blood cells and macrophages of the immune system are able to ingest and digest foreign particles such as bacteria that may cause harm to the body. Magnification: unknown. Enhancement of (9A1944).

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Keywords: anatomy, bacteria, bacterium, biology, blood, blood cell, blood cells, body, cell, cells, circulatory system, human, immune, immune system, leucocyte, leukocyte, leukocytes, micrograph, micrographs, micrography, phagocytosis, science, streptococci, streptococcus, white, white blood cell

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