Definition of Phagocyte

1. Noun. A cell that engulfs and digests debris and invading microorganisms.

Exact synonyms: Scavenger Cell
Generic synonyms: Somatic Cell, Vegetative Cell
Specialized synonyms: Macrophage, Fixed Phagocyte, Free Phagocyte
Derivative terms: Phagocytic

Definition of Phagocyte

1. n. A leucocyte which plays a part in retrogressive processes by taking up (eating), in the form of fine granules, the parts to be removed.

Definition of Phagocyte

1. Noun. (cytology) A cell of the immune system, such as a neutrophil, macrophage or dendritic cell, that engulfs and destroys viruses, bacteria and waste materials, or in the case of mature dendritic cells; displays antigens from invading pathogens to cells of the lymphoid lineage. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) phagocytose ¹

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Definition of Phagocyte

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Medical Definition of Phagocyte

1. A cell that is capable of phagocytosis. The main mammalian phagocytes are neutrophils and macrophages. Origin: L. Phagedaena, Gr Phago, To eat. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Phagocyte

phage integrase family
phage typing
phagedena tropica
phagedenic gingivitis
phagedenic ulcer
phagocyte (current term)
phagocyte bactericidal dysfunction
phagocyte dysfunction
phagocytic dysfunction disorders immunodeficiency
phagocytic dysfunction immunodeficiency
phagocytic index
phagocytic pneumonocyte
phagocytic vesicle

Literary usage of Phagocyte

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1. Life of Elie Metchnikoff, 1845-1916 by Olga Metchnikoff (1921)
"CHAPTER XXIII Opposition to the phagocyte theory—Scientific ... in support of the phagocyte theory—Behring and antitoxins—The London Congress—Inflammation. ..."

2. A Text-book of General Bacteriology by Edwin Oakes Jordan (1916)
"... been sometimes referred to as the phagocyte "theory," but certain facts regarding the protection afforded by phagocytes are indubitably demonstrated. ..."

3. ...Control of Body and Mind by Frances Gulick Jewett (1908)
"CHAPTER XIII phagocyte AND ALCOHOL, OR FRIEND AND FOE OF THE NEURON Scientists have known for a long time that red blood corpuscles ..."

4. The Body at Work by Frances Gulick Jewett (1910)
"CHAPTER XL phagocyte AND ALCOHOL, OR FRIEND AND FOE OF THE NERVE CELL1 Scientists have known for a long time that the red blood corpuscle is the oxygen ..."

5. The Body and Its Defenses by Frances Gulick Jewett (1910)
"CHAPTER XL phagocyte AND ALCOHOL, OR FRIEND AND EOE OF THE NERVE CELL1 Scientists ... the phagocyte,2 " the devourer," as his name means in Greek. ..."

6. Physiology, Hygiene and Sanitation by Frances Gulick Jewett (1916)
"From beer and hard cider all the way through to gin and brandy, every drink containing alcohol harms the phagocyte, and the more alcohol the drink holds the ..."

7. The American Journal of Clinical Medicine (1906)
"LEADING ARTICLES phagocyte and remained there so long that I thought the phagocyte had seized it. Not so; it was neither killed nor sucked in, ..."

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