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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.
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Adj.1.phagocytic - capable of functioning as a phagocyte
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Fish possess non specific defence mechanisms of invertebrates such as the phagocytic mechanisms developed by macrophages and granular leucocytes and were the first animals to develop both cellular and humoral immune responses mediated by lymphocytes.
rhamnosus HN001 induced a similar increase in phagocytic activity and Natural Killer cell activity as when the strain was consumed in reconstituted fat-free milk.
that their antigens are selected by passage through specific phagocytic protists from their animal hosts with which they have cospeciation.
Phagocytic cells produce O2- by the one-electron reduction of molecular O2, when plasma or membrane is stimulated and when carotenoids are present in these cells, O2- production is suppressed right at the early stages of the stimulation and carotenoids has possess free radical scavenging properties and therefore act as antioxidants [15].
The results revealed a clear enhancement of natural and acquired immunity through the activation of NK blood cells and an increase in phagocytic activity.
589) report that microglia are capable of taking up SiNPs and, at concentrations that did not elicit cytotoxicity or a change in phagocytic activity, SiNPs increased the production of both intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS).
These serine proteinases are implicated in a variety of inflammatory and immune processes, including phagocytic destruction of bacteria, and the activation of phagocytic cells and T-lymphocytes.
Chicken neutrophils: oxidative metabolism in phagocytic cells devoid of myeloperoxidase.
S7 and S10 infected neutrophils showed high phagocytic indices compared to H37Rv in both the groups.
Consistent with recent pathological studies of newly forming MS lesions, in which widespread oligodendrocyte death was identified in the absence of immediate phagocytic activity or lymphocytic infiltration, (18) these features suggest that a pre-phagocytic insult to the oligodendrocyte/myelin complex may underpin macrophage activity and the subsequent recruitment of a systemic immune response.