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Monocyte vs. Macrophage — What's the Difference?

Monocyte vs. Macrophage — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Monocyte and Macrophage

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Monocyte

Monocytes are a type of leukocyte, or white blood cell. They are the largest type of leukocyte and can differentiate into macrophages and conventional dendritic cells.
Oct 17, 2021

Macrophage

Macrophages (abbreviated as Mφ, MΦ or MP) (Greek: large eaters, from Greek μακρός (makrós) = large, φαγεῖν (phagein) = to eat) are a type of white blood cell of the immune system that engulfs and digests anything that does not have, on its surface, proteins that are specific to healthy body cells, including cancer cells, microbes, cellular debris, foreign substances, etc. The process is called phagocytosis, which acts to defend the host against infection and injury.These large phagocytes are found in essentially all tissues, where they patrol for potential pathogens by amoeboid movement.
Oct 17, 2021

Monocyte

A large white blood cell that circulates in the blood and then migrates into the tissues, where it matures into a macrophage. Monocytes have a single well-defined nucleus.
Oct 17, 2021

Macrophage

Any of various large, phagocytic white blood cells that develop from monocytes, are found in the spleen, liver, and other tissues, and have a variety of functions in the immune system including engulfing and destroying pathogens and dead cells, presenting antigens to activate lymphocytes, and releasing cytokines that mediate inflammation.
Oct 17, 2021

Monocyte

A type of leukocyte (white blood cell) that differentiates into a macrophage.
Oct 17, 2021
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Macrophage

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.
Oct 17, 2021

Monocyte

A type of granular leukocyte that functions in the ingestion of bacteria
Oct 17, 2021

Macrophage

A large phagocyte.
Oct 17, 2021

Macrophage

A large phagocyte; some are fixed and other circulate in the blood stream
Oct 17, 2021

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