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Granulocytes



Neutrophil: type of granulocyte that acts on phagocytosis.

What they are (definition)

Leukocytes (white blood cells) are the defense cells of our body, which are present in the blood. Granulocytes are a type of leukocyte whose main characteristic is the presence of granules in its cytoplasm.

Granulocyte Types:

Neutrophil

Main feature: has trilobulated nucleus (composed of three lobes).

Function: acts on phagocytosis (ingestion and destruction) of particles foreign to the human body.

Basophil

Main feature: It has very large cytoplasmic granules, almost the size of the nucleus.

Function: Basophils act in the process of blood clotting by releasing heparin (anticoagulant substance). They also release, in cases of allergies, histamine, which is an important substance in vasodilation.

Eosinophil

Main feature: has the bilobulated nucleus (formed by two lobes).

Function: also acts in the process of phagocytosis, but only in specific elements that penetrate our body.