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Granulocyte

Granulocytes are a type of white blood cell that has small granules. These granules contain proteins. The specific types of granulocytes are neutrophils, eosinophils, and basophils.

Granulocytes, specifically neutrophils, help the body fight bacterial infections. The number of granulocytes in the body usually increases when there is a serious infection. People with a lower number of granulocytes are more likely to develop bad infections more often.

Granulocytes are counted as part of a white blood cell differential test.

References

Hall JE. Hall ME. Resistance of the body to infection: I. leukocytes, granulocytes, the monocyte-macrophage system, and inflammation. In: Hall JE, Hall ME, eds. Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology. 14th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 34.

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  • Granulocyte

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    A granulocyte is a type of white blood cell that includes neutrophils, eosinophils, and basophils.

    Granulocyte

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    • Granulocyte

      Granulocyte - illustration

      A granulocyte is a type of white blood cell that includes neutrophils, eosinophils, and basophils.

      Granulocyte

      illustration

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    Review Date: 1/19/2021

    Reviewed By: Todd Gersten, MD, Hematology/Oncology, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, Wellington, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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