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A large white blood cell that circulates in the blood and then migrates into the tissues, where it matures into a macrophage. Monocytes have a single well-defined nucleus.
mon′o·cyt′ic (-sĭt′ĭk), mon′o·cy′toid′ (-sī′toid′) adj.
(Physiology) a large phagocytic leucocyte with a spherical nucleus and clear cytoplasm
a large white blood cell that is formed in bone marrow and spleen and circulates in the blood and may enter tissue to become a macrophage.
mon`o•cyt′ic (-ˈsɪt ɪk) adj.
Any of various large white blood cells that circulate in the blood and mature into macrophages. Monocytes engulf and break down microorganisms capable of causing infection.
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|Noun||1.||monocyte - a type of granular leukocyte that functions in the ingestion of bacteria|
leucocyte, leukocyte, WBC, white blood cell, white blood corpuscle, white cell, white corpuscle - blood cells that engulf and digest bacteria and fungi; an important part of the body's defense system
monoblast - a large immature monocyte normally found in bone marrow
n. monocito, glóbulo blanco mononuclear granuloso.