Macrophages (Greek: “big eaters”, from makros “large” + phagein “eat”) are cells of the immune system that originate from specific white blood cells called monocytes.

Monocytes and macrophages are what are known as phagocytes–immune cells that engulf and destroy pathogens, or foreign invaders. They also stimulate lymphocytes and other immune cells to respond to the pathogen.

"The human immune system: The lymphocyte story" (March 1988). New Scientist (1605): 1.

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