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  • n. Plural form of phagocyte.


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  • I have found that the cause of this atrophy is the consumption of the muscle fibres by what I call phagocytes, or eating cells, a certain kind of white blood cells.

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  • May the cells that are dying be quickly recycled as I call my phagocytes to their most efficient work.

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  • Our plea is one of identity, for the complements contained in phagocytes and for those in blood serum.

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  • A family of cells called phagocytes, meaning “eating cells,” clean up dead cell debris.

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  • According to Metchnikoff, the wandering amoeboid cells of the body, called phagocytes, may creep up into the hairs and come back again with microscopic burdens of pigment.

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  • These latter agents, actual particles of the living animal in which they exist, are the "eater-cells," or "phagocytes" -- minute, viscid, actively moving cells, resembling the animalcules called

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  • Hv1 had previously been known to be primarily present in immune cells called phagocytes, but had not been seen in other cells, including spermatozoa, according to Yuriy Kirichok, PhD, an assistant professor in the UCSF Department of Physiology who led the research.

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  • Immune system cells called phagocytes use phagocytosis for the "outside job" of environmental cleanup, engulfing germs by trapping them within a depression that forms in the cell's surface.


  • When activated, cells known as phagocytes use MPO to make the bleach in pockets.

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  • The white corpuscles and the other cells capable of doing this have been designated "phagocytes", i.e. devouring cells, and the whole function that ensures immunity has been given the name of "phagocytosis".

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