The new-born “phagocyte theory” was thus very well received by naturalists and by Virchow, the father of cellular pathology.
In that article he expounded the phagocyte theory of immunity.
I believe that, this evening, the phagocyte theory is the richer by many friends.
After five minutes the germ let go and the phagocyte slunk away.
However, the general impression of the Congress was clearly favourable to the phagocyte theory.
Once again the phagocyte theory rose triumphant from the test.
The story of "the oysters and the carpenter" might be replaced by that of "the microbes and the phagocyte."
phagocyte phag·o·cyte (fāg'ə-sīt')
A cell, such as a white blood cell, that engulfs and absorbs waste material, harmful microorganisms, or other foreign bodies in the bloodstream and tissues.
Any of various organisms or specialized cells that engulf and ingest other cells or particles. In vertebrate animals, phagocytes are white blood cells that break down bacteria and other microorganisms, foreign particles, and cellular debris. These include monocytes, macrophages, and most granulocytes. ◇ The process by which phagocytes engulf and break down bacteria or particles is called phagocytosis (fāg'ə-sī-tō'sĭs). During phagocytosis the cell encloses foreign material and the extracellular fluid surrounding it by an infolding of a part of the cell membrane, which then pinches off to form a vesicle, called a phagosome. The phagosomes fuse with lysosomes, resulting in digestion of the ingested matter. Unicellular protists such as amoebas ingest food by the process of phagocytosis.