monocyte

Pronunciation: (MAH-noh-site)

A type of immune cell that is made in the bone marrow and travels through the blood to tissues in the body where it becomes a macrophage. Macrophages surround and kill microorganisms, ingest foreign material, remove dead cells, and boost immune responses. A monocyte is a type of white blood cell and a type of phagocyte.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

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.Células sanguíneas. La sangre contiene muchos tipos de células: glóbulos blancos (monolitos, linfocitos, neutrófilos, eosinófilos, basófilos y macrófagos), glóbulos rojos (eritrocitos) y plaquetas. La sangre circula por el cuerpo a través de las arterias y las venas. Date last modified: 2009-02-05