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macrophage

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noun mac·ro·phage \ˈma-krə-ˌfāj\

Definition of macrophage

  1. :  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 play \ˌma-krə-ˈfa-jik\ adjective


Origin of macrophage

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1890


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macrophage

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noun mac·ro·phage \ˈmak-rə-ˌfāj, -ˌfäzh\

Medical Definition of macrophage

  1. :  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

  2. mac·ro·phag·ic \ˌmak-rə-ˈfaj-ik\play adjective



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