The immune/inflammatory system

René Zellweger, Martin G Schwacha, Irshad H. Chaudry

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The primary function of the immune system is to protect the body from the deleterious effects of pathogenic organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites and consequently from infection. This immune defensive activity is carried out primarily by leukocytes, which include lymphocytic cells (i.e. T and B cells and natural killer cells) and phagocytic cells (i.e. macrophages and neutrophils). Leukocytes are predominately found in the lymphoid organs [i.e. bone marrow, thymus, spleen, lymph nodes, and mucosa-associated lymphoid tissues (MALT)], but are also present in other tissues, such as the liver and lungs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWylie and Churchill-Davidsons
Subtitle of host publicationA Practice of Anesthesia, Seventh Edition
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781444114027
ISBN (Print)9780340731307
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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