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When a red blood cell gets old and worn out a white blood cell surrounds and engulfs it, forming a vesicle that then fuses with a Lysosome. What is this process called?
Question Date: 2012-08-25
Answer 1:

This can be called either endocytosis (any "food particle" being taken into a cell), degradation (destroying proteins), or phagocytosis.

Answer 2:

The process of envelopment is called phagocytosis. I don't know if the fusion with the lysosome has a specific name or not.

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