phagocyte

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phagocyte

(făg`əsīt'): see bloodblood,
fluid pumped by the heart that circulates throughout the body via the arteries, veins, and capillaries (see circulatory system; heart). An adult male of average size normally has about 6 quarts (5.6 liters) of blood.
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phagocyte

[′fag·ə‚sīt]
(cell and molecular biology)
An ameboid cell that engulfs foreign material.

phagocyte

an amoeboid cell or protozoan that engulfs particles, such as food substances or invading microorganisms
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It undergoes constant renewal, like other tissue components, and is taken up by scavenger cells and other cells in the neighborhood.
If pancreatic vessels have become leaky from inflammation, the magnetic particles spill into nearby tissues, where they are "eaten" by scavenger cells called macrophages.
Eight of the new cells will be rougher cells increasing roughers to 24; the 8 scavenger cells will be converted to middling cells increasing middlings to 20; and 12 new scavenger cells will be installed.
As a result, the fatty material builds up in scavenger cells of the immune systems, called macrophages.
Preclinical studies carried out by Narula, Hartung, Petrov and colleagues at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia provided data supporting the theory that unstable atherosclerotic plaque in coronary blood vessels that may rupture, causing sudden death, is characterized by a large number of scavenger cells called macrophages which are undergoing programmed cell death (apoptosis).
It stimulates macrophages, natural immune scavenger cells, which, once activated, seek out and destroy the patients' cancer cells.