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granulocytes

[granulocyte, granulocyte-derived]

a general collective term for some cell types of the hematopoietic system (see also: hematopoiesis). The process of their formation is called granulopoiesis.

These cells are called also granular leukocytes. The name derives from the fact that these cell types contain many membrane bound granules in their cytoplasm. These granules contain a variety of enzymes and other proteins that kill microorganisms and destroy cell debris ingested by phagocytosis. Some of the cellular contents may be shed by microvesiculation in the form of microparticles.

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