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histiocytes

[histiocyte, histiocytic]

The term histiocytes refers to specialized types of stationary macrophages that remain in particular body tissues rather than the bloodstream. Histiocytes are called also connective tissue macrophages.

Histiocytes are found in many organs and connective tissues, including alveoli of the lung, brain, breast tissue, epidermal tissues, liver, lymph nodes, placenta, serous cavities, spleen, tonsils, and may have special names (see: macrophages). Benign or malignant histiocytic disorders arise from excessive proliferation of these cell types. The functional activities of histiocytes may differ, depending upon their anatomical location. For multinucleated histiocytes see: Touton giant cells. For foamy histiocytes ( ... ... ... ... ... Subscribe to continue reading! ... ...

 

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