action of some antibodies that renders bacteria and other foreign cells more susceptible to phagocytosis; also called immune adherence
Alteration of a particle (pathogen) with antibody or complement that facilitates their uptake through receptors on a phagocytic cell(Lecture: Acquired Immunity, 2/14/02)
An immune response in which the binding of antibodies to the surface of a microbe facilitates phagocytosis of the microbe by a macrophage.
Process whereby Fc fragments of antibody facilitate phagocytosis of bacteria by blood phagocytes.
process whereby opsonins make an invading microorganism more susceptible to phagocytosis
The process by which certain antibody or complement components (opsonins) bind to antigens and enhance their ingestion by phagocytic cells. The interaction between the opsonized antigens and phagocytic cells is mediated by specific antibody or complement receptors (C3b) on the phagocyte.
1 of 3 types of antibody response. Includes the coating of the pathogen with antibodies and the triggering of phagocytic cells (see neutralization and complement activation).
Literally means "preparation for eating". The coating of a bacterium with antibody and/or complement that leads to enhanced phagocytosis of the bacterium by phagocytic cells.