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Reticuloendothelial System

Reticuloendothelial System

Reticuloendothelial system (sometimes called the macrophage system) is a functional rather than anatomical system. It is a term applied to those cells scattered throughout the body which have the power to ingest microorganisms and colloidal particles.

Reticuloendothelium cells function in elimination of worn-out cells, especially red blood cells; in repair of injured tissue; and in defense mechanisms, both local and general, of the body.

Thomas, C.L. 1985. Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary. F.A. Davis Co. Pub., Philadelphia. 2170.