macrophage
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1890 a phagocytic tissue cell of the immune system that may be fixed or freely motile, is derived from a monocyte, functions in the destruction of foreign antigens (as bacteria and viruses), and serves as an antigen-presenting cell — called also histiocytemacrophagic adjective

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  • Macrophage — A macrophage of a mouse stretching its arms (pseudopodia) to engulf two particles, possibly pathogens. Trypan Blue Exclusion. Latin macrophagocytus …   Wikipedia

  • macrophage — [ makrɔfaʒ ] n. m. et adj. • 1887; de macro et phage ♦ Histol. Grosse cellule dérivant du monocyte du sang, douée du pouvoir d englober et de détruire par phagocytose des corps étrangers volumineux. ⇒ histiocyte. ● macrophage adjectif et nom… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • macrophage — mac ro*phage, n. A large phagocyte. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • macrophage — (n.) 1890, from Mod.L. macrophagus, from MACRO (Cf. macro ) + Gk. phagein to devour (see PHAGOUS (Cf. phagous)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • macrophage — [mak′rō fāj΄] n. [ MACRO + PHAGE] any of various large, phagocytic cells in connective tissue, lymphatic tissue, bone marrow, etc. of vertebrates macrophagic [mak΄rōfaj′ik] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Macrophage — Un macrophage de souris avec deux grands prolongements cytoplasmiques Les macrophages (du grec : « gros mangeur », makros = grand, phagein = manger) sont des cellules infiltrant les tissus, découvertes par Elie Metchnikoff en 1883 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Macrophage — Makrophagen gehören zu den Fresszellen (Phagozyten) und sind als Leukozyten (weiße Blutkörperchen) Zellen des Immunsystems. Sie dienen der Beseitigung von Mikroorganismen durch Phagozytose und stellen stammesgeschichtlich (phylogenetisch) die… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • macrophage —    This is a mature form of what is released from the marrow as a monocyte. A macrophage lives long, can digest much detritus, and is able to wear particles of odd food on its outer membrane. This allows T cell and B cell lymphocytes to taste the …   Herbal-medical glossary

  • macrophage — makrofagai statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Žmogaus ir gyvūnų jungiamojo audinio ląstelės, gebančios pagriebti ir suvirškinti į organizmą patekusius svetimkūnius (pvz., mikroorganizmus, organizmo yrančių audinių daleles).… …   Ekologijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • macrophage — n. [Gr. makros, large; phagein, to eat] A large phagocytic cell of the body …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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