Macrophages are white blood cells that are able to surround, engulf, and digest microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Macrophages also stimulate action in the immune system.
Last Revised: November 29, 2011
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Ken Y. Yoneda, MD - Pulmonology
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