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process in which phagocytes engulf and digest microorganisms and cellular debris

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Bone marrow aspiration showed an increase in histiocytes, the cells phagocytizing erythrocytes and platelets (Figure 1).
Ferroportin also seems to be important in recycling iron by moving it out of macrophages of the liver, spleen, and bone marrow that have recovered hemoglobin iron by phagocytizing old or damaged red blood cells and returning it to the circulation.
Biopsies of affected organs reveal extensive hemorrhage and histiocytes phagocytizing red blood cells.
Marine ciliates can be seen today phagocytizing other single-celled photosynthetic organisms and harvesting their chloroplasts, maintaining the chloroplasts as functioning sugar-producing organelles in their own cells.