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: a cell (such as a macrophage or neutrophil) that engulfs and consumes foreign material (such as microorganisms) and debris (such as dead tissue cells)
circa 1884, in the meaning defined above
International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek phagein + New Latin -cyta -cyte
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: a cell (as a macrophage or neutrophil) that engulfs and consumes foreign material (as microorganisms) and debris (as dead tissue cells)
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