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phagocyte

[fag-uh-sahyt] /ˈfæg əˌsaɪt/
noun, Cell Biology
1.
any cell, as a macrophage, that ingests and destroys foreign particles, bacteria, and cell debris.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; phago- + -cyte
Related forms
phagocytic
[fag-uh-sit-ik] /ˌfæg əˈsɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
nonphagocytic, adjective
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Examples for phagocytes
  • Chronic granulomatous disease is an inherited disorder in which immune system cells called phagocytes do not function properly.
British Dictionary definitions for phagocytes

phagocyte

/ˈfæɡəˌsaɪt/
noun
1.
an amoeboid cell or protozoan that engulfs particles, such as food substances or invading microorganisms
Derived Forms
phagocytic (ˌfæɡəˈsɪtɪk) adjective
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phagocytes in Medicine

phagocyte phag·o·cyte (fāg'ə-sīt')
n.
A cell, such as a white blood cell, that engulfs and absorbs waste material, harmful microorganisms, or other foreign bodies in the bloodstream and tissues.

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phagocytes in Science
phagocyte
  (fāg'ə-sīt')   
Any of various organisms or specialized cells that engulf and ingest other cells or particles. In vertebrate animals, phagocytes are white blood cells that break down bacteria and other microorganisms, foreign particles, and cellular debris. These include monocytes, macrophages, and most granulocytes. ◇ The process by which phagocytes engulf and break down bacteria or particles is called phagocytosis (fāg'ə-sī-tō'sĭs). During phagocytosis the cell encloses foreign material and the extracellular fluid surrounding it by an infolding of a part of the cell membrane, which then pinches off to form a vesicle, called a phagosome. The phagosomes fuse with lysosomes, resulting in digestion of the ingested matter. Unicellular protists such as amoebas ingest food by the process of phagocytosis.
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