One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large phagocytic cell found in stationary form in the tissues or as a mobile white blood cell, especially at sites of infection.
- ‘The accumulating cells are either macrophages or smooth muscle cells.’
- ‘Naive monocytes and macrophages are the primary cell types encountered by the bacterium during the invasion process.’
- ‘The Lancet report showed evidence of extensive destruction triggered by blood cells called macrophages.’
- ‘As well as the polymorphs and macrophages, there are cells that do not originate in the bone marrow, nor travel in the bloodstream, which can also act as phagocytes.’
- ‘Almost all lacunae included macrophages and degenerated cells with shrunken or condensed nuclei.’
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