Definition of phagocyte noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfæɡəsaɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfæɡəsaɪt//
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a type of cell present in the body that is able to absorb bacteria and other small cells Word Origin late 19th cent.: from Greek phago- ‘eating’ (from the verb phagein) + -cyte.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: phagocyte