neutrophils | definition

  • leukocytes with a multilobed nucleus found in large numbers in peripheral blood
  • able to leave the bloodstream to phagocytose pathogens in infected tissues
  • also called polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs)


Parker, N., Schneegurt, M., Thi Tu, A.-H., Forster, B. M., & Lister, P. (n.d.). Microbiology. Houston, Texas: OpenStax. Access for free at:



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