a scavenger white blood cell (e.g., neutrophil, basophil,
eosinophil, monocyte, macrophage) that engulfs and destroys dead cells,
bacteria and other debris. Once the foreign matter is ingested, phagocytes
produce toxic chemicals (e.g., hydrogen peroxide) to kill the invader.
PhagocyteJAMA A cell that is able to ingest and destroy foreign matter, including bacteria.
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