macrophage macrophage  /ˈmæ kroʊ ˌfeɪdʒ/


  • (n) a large phagocyte; some are fixed and other circulate in the blood stream


  1. The macrophage then secretes a protein called interleukin-1, a chemical signal that causes the T cell to begin replicating.
  2. After digesting the virus, the macrophage proudly displays strips of protein from the virus in the grooves of some of its MHC molecules.
  3. GM-CSF, or granulocyte- macrophage colony-stimulating factor, is one of at least five hormones that boost the production of white blood cells in the marrow.


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