macrophage

Pronunciation: (MA-kroh-fayj)

A type of white blood cell that surrounds and kills microorganisms, removes dead cells, and stimulates the action of other immune system cells.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Blood cells. Blood contains many types of cells: white blood cells (monocytes, lymphocytes, neutrophils, eosinophils, basophils, and macrophages), red blood cells (erythrocytes), and platelets. Blood circulates through the body in the arteries and veins.

Date last modified: 2007-09-28