phagocyte

Definition / meaning of phagocyte

A type of immune cell that can surround and kill microorganisms, ingest foreign material, and remove dead cells. It can also boost immune responses. Monocytes, macrophages, and neutrophils are phagocytes. A phagocyte is a type of white blood cell.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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