phago·cyte 7 [phagocyte phagocytes] BrE [ˈfæɡəsaɪt] NAmE [ˈfæɡəsaɪt] noun (biology)
a type of cell present in the body that is able to absorb bacteria and other small cells
late 19th cent.: from Greek phago- ‘eating’ (from the verb phagein) + -cyte.
a cell that engulfs and digests debris and invading microorganisms
Syn: scavenger cell
Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
|n.||1.||(Physiol.) A leucocyte which plays a part in retrogressive processes by taking up (eating), in the form of fine granules, the parts to be removed.|
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