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Difference between pinocytosis and phagocytosis

 

Pinocytosis

Phagocytosis

1.

It is a type of endocytosis in which the cell takes up liquid droplets of small size (0.1-0.2 μm in diameter)

It is a type of endocytosis in which the cell takes up large particles (1-2 μm in diameter)

2.

It is also called as Cell drinking

It is also called as Cell eating

3.

Formation of pinosome takes place

Formation of phagosome takes place

4.

Example: Uptake of extra cellular fluids like enzymes, hormones by the cells

Example: Engulfment of bacteria by WBC’s

 

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