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From macro- +‎ -phage, both from Ancient Greek.

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macrophage (plural macrophages)

  1. (immunology, cytology) A white blood cell that phagocytizes necrotic cell debris and foreign material, including viruses, bacteria, and tattoo ink. It presents foreign antigens on MHC II to lymphocytes. Part of the innate immune system.

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