a large, mononuclear, nongranular white blood cell with a round or kidney-shaped nucleus
Origin of monocytemono- + -cyte
A large, circulating, phagocytic white blood cell, having a single well-defined nucleus and very fine granulation in the cytoplasm. Monocytes constitute from 3 to 8 percent of the white blood cells in humans.
- mon′o·cyt′ic , mon′o·cy′toid′
surrounded by red blood cells