What are phagocytes?
The word itself means an eating cell. Also many people associate these cells to eating big (big eaters) white blood cells that have left the blood but now are found in various tissues.
The can surround large bacteria or debris in one "bite".
Professor of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Maryland. “We’d like to dispel the narrow notion most people have that macrophages’ only role is defense, and expand it to include their role in homeostasis.”
Meaning that we may be able to use these in autoimmune diseases.