scavenger cell


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Noun1.scavenger cell - a cell that engulfs and digests debris and invading microorganismsscavenger cell - 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
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On the other hand, certain probiotic bacteria in the intestine stimulate the immune system in the right ways, increasing scavenger cell activity and promoting production of antibodies against invaders.
The scavenger cell pathway for lipoprotein degradation: specificity of the binding site that mediates the uptake of negatively-charged LDL by macrophages.
Secondary rougher and rougher scavenger cell concentrate when required passes to 254 mm diameter regrind hydrocyclones.
The process causes transdermal elimination; some of it flows into the lymphatic system, while the rest undergoes rephagocytosis by dermal scavenger cells.
They include monocytes, which are large white blood cells that can differentiate into scavenger cells macrophages and dendritic cells in response to inflammatory signals.
This amazing defense system deploys scavenger cells that constantly travel throughout the body, identifying, and often digesting foreign substances that pose a threat to us.