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glossary:phagocytes [2007/09/18 09:35]
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|+||[[glossary:cell|Cells]] that ingest (and destroy) foreign matter, e.g. [[glossary:microorganism|microorganisms]] or debris, via [[phagocytosis]], i.e. a process by which these cells ingest and kill offending cells by cellular digestion. They are extremely useful as an initial [[immune system]] response to [[tissue]] damage. Examples of these types are [[monocytes]], [[glossary:macrophage|macrophages]], and [[neutrophils]]. |