I found myself trying to explain Phagocytosis to a nonscience person — and this is how I did it. To me, pseudopods remind me as arms. When they extend around whatever is being phagocytosed, the phagocytosing cell looks like it is trying to give something a hug! The bacteria/substance/etc receiving this “hug” will most likely face some sort of degradation ending their “life”. Hence, Phagocytosis = hug of death!!!
Ohhhh….and this little guy is MΦ (pronounced “Moe”) the Macrophage. You’ve already have seen him in the Little Red Rubella Virus, and you will most certainly see him again. :)