from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of the large phagocytic cells of the reticuloendothelial system.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A white blood cell that phagocytizes necrotic cell debris and foreign material, including viruses, bacteria, and tattoo ink. It presents foreign antigens on MHC II to lymphocytes. Part of the innate immune system.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large phagocyte.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A very large phagocyte or wandering amœboid cell that devours other cells. Macrophages develop from small lymphocytes and are found in the lymphoid tissues of the alimentary canal.
- n. A small phagocyte, or wandering leucocyte, which engulfs or devours other cells, bacteria, etc.: opposed to macrophage.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a large phagocyte; some are fixed and other circulate in the blood stream
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The word macrophage, translated literally, means “big eater.”
Their analysis revealed what they call a macrophage sterol-responsive network (MSRN), including proteins already known to work together.
In the first study, Satoshi Nishimura and colleagues from the University of Tokyo show that CD8+ effector T cells play an important role in macrophage recruitment and adipose tissue inflammation.
The word macrophage roughly translates from Greek as "big eater."
In your body, the first soldier on the ground you need to know is a type of white blood cell called the macrophage.
· It could be that when HIV infects a type of white blood cell called a macrophage, the cell pumps out inflammatory chemicals to battle the infection that also, unfortunately, wipe out neurons.
The virus first infects a cell called a macrophage, inducing it into producing a viral protein called Nef.
Metschnikoff calls the macrophage, has more feeble phagocytic action towards bacteria, and these are rarely found enclosed within them.
When most infections are introduced into humans, the body defends itself with certain cells - called macrophage cells - that kill the invading microorganisms.
The drug consists of a synthetic molecule that stops the biological activity of a protein called macrophage migration inhibitory factor, or MIF.