phagocyte

noun
phago·cyte | \ ˈfa-gə-ˌsīt \

Definition of phagocyte 

: a cell (such as a macrophage or neutrophil) that engulfs and consumes foreign material (such as microorganisms) and debris (such as dead tissue cells)

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phagocytic \ˌfa-gə-ˈsi-tik \ adjective

First Known Use of phagocyte

circa 1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phagocyte

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek phagein + New Latin -cyta -cyte

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The first known use of phagocyte was circa 1884

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phagocyte

noun
phago·cyte | \ ˈfag-ə-ˌsīt \

Medical Definition of phagocyte 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a cell (as a macrophage or neutrophil) that engulfs and consumes foreign material (as microorganisms) and debris (as dead tissue cells)

phagocyte

transitive verb
phagocyted; phagocyting

Medical Definition of phagocyte (Entry 2 of 2)

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