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phag·o·cyte

(fag'ō-sīt),
A cell that can ingest bacteria, foreign particles, and other cells. Phagocytes ingest and kill microbes, present antigen to lymphocytes, scavenge degenerating material, and release mediators. classes: 1) microphages, polymorphonuclear leukocytes that ingest chiefly bacteria; 2) macrophages, mononucleated cells (histiocytes and monocytes) that are largely scavengers, ingesting dead tissue and degenerated cells.
[phago- + G. kytos, cell]

scavenger cell

[skav′ənjər]
Etymology: ME, scavager + L, cella, storeroom
a phagocytic cell that removes tissue debris and some invading pathogens. It may or may not be mobile.

scavenger cell

A nonspecific term for a phagocytic cell; macrophage.

scavenger cell

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The capability to break at various acidity levels, on the other hand, enables the beads to be adjusted to the acidity inside the digestive chambers, or phagosomes, of scavenger cells.
It undergoes constant renewal, like other tissue components, and is taken up by scavenger cells and other cells in the neighborhood.
Hajjar's studies suggest that once inside the artery wall, the monocytes turn into scavenger cells that gobble up cholesterol and other fats.
Each of the two circuits has five rougher, two cleaner and four scavenger cells.
As a result, the fatty material builds up in scavenger cells of the immune systems, called macrophages.
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But he suggests that immune-system scavenger cells in the brain may directly contribute to the Alzheimer's scenario by over-producing beta amyloid themselves.
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