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Mesh term Macrophages

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Connective Tissue Cells
Mononuclear Phagocyte System
Myeloid Cells


The relatively long-lived phagocytic cell of mammalian tissues that are derived from blood MONOCYTES. Main types are PERITONEAL MACROPHAGES; ALVEOLAR MACROPHAGES; HISTIOCYTES; KUPFFER CELLS of the liver; and OSTEOCLASTS. They may further differentiate within chronic inflammatory lesions to EPITHELIOID CELLS or may fuse to form FOREIGN BODY GIANT CELLS or LANGHANS GIANT CELLS. (from The Dictionary of Cell Biology, Lackie and Dow, 3rd ed.)

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Epithelioid Cells
Foam Cells
Giant Cells, Foreign-Body
Giant Cells, Langhans
Kupffer Cells
Macrophages, Alveolar
Macrophages, Peritoneal
Monocyte-Macrophage Precursor Cells
RAW 264.7 Cells

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