\fˈaɡəsˌa͡ɪt], \fˈaɡəsˌaɪt], \f_ˈa_ɡ_ə_s_ˌaɪ_t]\
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A cell possessing the property of ingesting bacteria, foreign particles, and other cells. Phagocytes are divided into two general classes: microphags, small polymorphonuclear leucocytes which ingest chiefly bacteria; and macrophags, large mononucleated cells which are largely scavengers, ingesting dead tissue and degenerated cells; the latter are produced mainly by proliferation of the fixed connective-tissue cells.
By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop
By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D.
By Willam Alexander Newman Dorland
By Smith Ely Jelliffe
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