macrophage


mac·ro·phage

noun \ˈma-krə-ˌfāj\

Definition of MACROPHAGE

:  a phagocytic tissue cell of the immune system that may be fixed or freely motile, is derived from a monocyte, functions in the destruction of foreign antigens (as bacteria and viruses), and serves as an antigen-presenting cell — compare histiocyte
mac·ro·phag·ic \ˌma-krə-ˈfa-jik\ adjective

Origin of MACROPHAGE

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1890

mac·ro·phage

noun \ˈmak-rə-ˌfāj, -ˌfäzh\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MACROPHAGE

: a phagocytic tissue cell of the immune system that may be fixed or freely motile, is derived from a monocyte, functions in the destruction of foreign antigens (as bacteria and viruses), and serves as an antigen-presenting cell—see histiocyte, mononuclear phagocyte system
mac·ro·phag·ic \ˌmak-rə-ˈfaj-ik\ adjective

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