One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘Endothelial cells and mononuclear phagocytes are likely cellular mediators of lung IRI.’
- ‘Fc receptors mediate various effects on immune cells, including proliferation of B cells and phagocytosis by phagocytes.’
- ‘Clearance of apoptotic cells by phagocytes is crucial in maintaining tissue homeostasis.’
Late 19th century: from Greek phago- ‘eating’ (from the verb phagein) + -cyte.
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