Definition of monocyte in English:

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monocyte

Pronunciation: /ˈmänəˌsīt/

noun

Physiology
A large phagocytic white blood cell with a simple oval nucleus and clear, grayish cytoplasm.
Example sentences
  • In some animal studies, it stimulates natural killer cells and monocytes, which the immune system uses to fight off viruses.
  • In vivo studies have demonstrated that glutamine is essential for optimal immune cell functioning for monocytes, lymphocytes and neutrophils.
  • Microglia, brain cells equivalent to the monocytes of the immune system, surrounded the plaques that were not yet cleared.

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Syllabification: mon·o·cyte

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