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oxygen-dependent killing


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The major bactericidal mechanism employed by phagocytes as the primary defence against infection. Various toxic oxygen species (hydrogen peroxide, superoxide, singlet oxygen, hydroxyl radicals) are generated through the metabolic burst. Defects in the system are responsible for chronic granulomatous disease. See chemiluminescence; myeloperoxidase.

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