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Diseases reference index «Histiocyte»

A histiocyte is a type of immune cell that eats foreign substances in an effort to protect the body from infection.

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Histiocytes do not travel through the blood. Instead, they remain in one part of the body.

Histiocytes are found in many organs and tissues, including the following:

  • Brain
  • Breast tissue
  • Liver
  • Lymph nodes
  • Placenta
  • Spleen
  • Tonsils

An abnormal number of histiocytes leads to a disease called histiocytosis X.

Alternative Names

Macrophage

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