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A cell, especially a macrophage or neutrophil of the immune system, that has the ability to engulf and destroy pathogens, waste material, and other particulate matter.
phag′o·cyt′ic (-sĭt′ĭk) adj.
(Physiology) an amoeboid cell or protozoan that engulfs particles, such as food substances or invading microorganisms
phagocytic, phagocytical adj
any cell, as a macrophage, that ingests foreign particles, bacteria, or cell debris.
phag`o•cyt′ic (-ˈsɪt ɪk) adj.
An organism or specialized cell that engulfs and ingests other cells or particles. Phagocytes in vertebrate animals include white blood cells called macrophages, which help the body fight disease by breaking down foreign particles and bacteria. ♦ The process by which phagocytes engulf and break down bacteria or particles, as of food, is called phagocytosis (făg′ə-sī-tō′sĭs). Single-celled organisms such as amoebas ingest food by the process of phagocytosis.
a blood cell that ingests and destroys bacteria, foreign particles and other cells in the bloodstream. — phagocytic, adj.See also: Blood and Blood Vessels
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|Noun||1.||phagocyte - a cell that engulfs and digests debris and invading microorganisms|
somatic cell, vegetative cell - any of the cells of a plant or animal except the reproductive cells; a cell that does not participate in the production of gametes; "somatic cells are produced from preexisting cells";
macrophage - a large phagocyte; some are fixed and other circulate in the blood stream
fixed phagocyte - a phagocyte that does not circulate in the blood but is fixed in the liver or spleen or bone marrow etc.
free phagocyte - a phagocyte that circulates in the blood
phagocyte[ˈfægəʊsaɪt] N → fagocito m
n. fagocito, célula que ingiere y destruye otras células, sustancias y partículas extrañas.