Definition of phagocyte in English:

phagocyte

noun

Physiology
  • A type of cell within the body capable of engulfing and absorbing bacteria and other small cells and particles.

    • ‘Histologic studies have shown polymetric birefringent particles surrounded by mononuclear phagocytes and multinucleated foreign body giant cells.’
    • ‘Following IVIG therapy in patients with ITP, platelet counts generally rise, apparently by Fc receptor blockade of splenic phagocytes and other reticuloendothelial cells.’
    • ‘Fc receptors mediate various effects on immune cells, including proliferation of B cells and phagocytosis by phagocytes.’
    • ‘Endothelial cells and mononuclear phagocytes are likely cellular mediators of lung IRI.’
    • ‘Clearance of apoptotic cells by phagocytes is crucial in maintaining tissue homeostasis.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from Greek phago- eating (from the verb phagein) + -cyte.

Pronunciation:

phagocyte

/ˈfaɡə(ʊ)sʌɪt/