Definition of macrophage in English:



  • A large phagocytic cell found in stationary form in the tissues or as a mobile white blood cell, especially at sites of infection.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Naive monocytes and macrophages are the primary cell types encountered by the bacterium during the invasion process.’
    • ‘The accumulating cells are either macrophages or smooth muscle cells.’
    • ‘The Lancet report showed evidence of extensive destruction triggered by blood cells called macrophages.’
    • ‘Almost all lacunae included macrophages and degenerated cells with shrunken or condensed nuclei.’