[ mon-uh-sahyt ]
/ ˈmɒn əˌsaɪt /

noun Cell Biology.

a large, circulating white blood cell, formed in bone marrow and in the spleen, that ingests large foreign particles and cell debris.

Nearby words

  1. monocular,
  2. monocular diplopia,
  3. monoculture,
  4. monocycle,
  5. monocyclic,
  6. monocytic,
  7. monocytic leukemia,
  8. monocytic leukocytosis,
  9. monocytopenia,
  10. monocytosis

Origin of monocyte

First recorded in 1910–15; mono- + -cyte

Related formsmon·o·cyt·ic [mon-uh-sit-ik] /ˌmɒn əˈsɪt ɪk/, adjectivemon·o·cy·toid, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for monocyte


/ (ˈmɒnəʊˌsaɪt) /


a large phagocytic leucocyte with a spherical nucleus and clear cytoplasm
Derived Formsmonocytic (ˌmɒnəˈsɪtɪk), adjectivemonocytoid, adjective

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Medicine definitions for monocyte


[ mŏnə-sīt′ ]


A large, circulating, phagocytic white blood cell that has a single well-defined nucleus and very fine granulation in the cytoplasm and that constitutes from 3 to 8 percent of the white blood cells in humans.
Related formsmon′o•cytic (-sĭtĭk) null adj.

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Science definitions for monocyte


[ mŏnə-sīt′ ]

Any of various large white blood cells that are formed in the bone marrow, circulate in the blood, and destroy pathogenic bacteria by phagocytosis. Monocytes develop into macrophages in various body tissues.
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