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Subject - Immunology

Immune cells that absorb foreign bodies by means of phagocytosis. The phagocytes include:

  • macrophages – phagocytes within tissue
  • monocytes – phagocytes in blood and precursors of macrophages
  • histiocytes – mobile phagocytes of the loose connective tissues
  • Langerhans cells – subgroup of histiocytes
  • dendritic cells
  • small scavenger cells (basophil granulocytes)
  • B cells are also phagocytic cells. They capture the specific antigen they are primed to target with antibodies located on their membrane. The complex made from the antibody and the bound foreign substance is absorbed into the cell, and the foreign substance is broken down.

See also: antigen-presenting cells , phagocytosis