Metchnikoff's (Mechnikov's) cellular immunity theory

Metchnikoff's (Mechnikov's) cellular immunity theory
the theory, proposed in the 1880s, that phagocytosis by macrophages and polymorphonuclear leukocytes is the main mechanism of host defense against bacterial infection and that inflammation is the result of the enzymatic digestion process occurring with phagocytosis.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Metchnikoff, Élie — orig. Ilya Ilich Mechnikov born May 16, 1845, near Kharkov, Ukraine, Russian Empire died July 16, 1916, Paris, France Russian zoologist and microbiologist. In 1888 Louis Pasteur offered him a post at the Pasteur Institute, and he succeeded… …   Universalium

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