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Mononuclear phagocyte system

mononuclear phagocyte system n.

Abbr. MPS A widely distributed collection of both free and fixed macrophages derived from bone marrow precursor cells by way of monocytes; their substantial phagocytic activity is mediated by immunoglobulin and by the serum complement system.


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  • Monocytopenia

    monocytopenia mon·o·cy·to·pe·ni·a (mŏn’ə-sī’tə-pē’nē-ə) n. An abnormally low number of monocytes in the blood. Also called monocytic leukopenia.

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    monocytic leukocytosis n. See monocytosis.

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