Nanomedicine, Volume IIA: Biocompatibility
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Robert A. Freitas Jr., Nanomedicine, Volume IIA: Biocompatibility, Landes Bioscience, Georgetown, TX, 2003
15.4.3 Phagocytosis of Medical Nanorobots
A phagocyte is a cell that has the ability to ingest and degrade particulate substances such as bacteria, protozoa, cells and cell debris, dust particles, colloids, and, in principle, medical nanorobots. This process of ingestion and destruction is called phagocytosis [2832, 2867].
This Section opens with a general description of phagocytes, phagocytosis, and the reticuloendothelial system (Section 22.214.171.124), and then describes the phagocytic clearance of microparticles from the blood (Section 126.96.36.199), from the nonsanguinous spaces (Section 188.8.131.52), the lymphatics (Section 184.108.40.206), and by foreign body reaction (Section 220.127.116.11). We conclude with a discussion of techniques for phagocyte avoidance and escape by medical nanorobots (Section 18.104.22.168).
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