What is the difference between phagocytosis and endocytosis?

Asked by santhi s gopan | 17th Sep, 2012, 10:15: PM

Expert Answer:

Endocytosis is defined as the process of engulfing molecules. It has four subcategories, one of which is phagocytosis. So phagocytosis is a type of endocytosis.
Phagocytosis is the process of engulfing solid particles with a particular size (about 0.75 nanometers in diameter). Examples of these are: dust particles, cell debris, and apoptotic cells.
Phagocytosis involves the engulfing of solid particles which only can be done through oxygen or non-oxygen dependent processes while endocytosis involves intake of either solid or liquid particles.

Answered by  | 19th Sep, 2012, 10:32: AM

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