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, and then describes the phagocytic clearance of microparticles from the blood (Section, from the nonsanguinous spaces (Section, the lymphatics (Section, and by foreign body reaction (Section We conclude with a discussion of techniques for phagocyte avoidance and escape by medical nanorobots (Section


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