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medical illustration of Programmed cell death
Apoptosis is the process of programmed cell death. In this process the cell shrinks and disintegrates into many single vesicles, which can be taken up by macrophages (white blood cells). Permanently, Apoptosis takes place in the body, because most cells only have a restricted life span.
Scanning Electron Microscope, magnification 7000:1
Next medical illustration of Medicine: lung: Alveolarmacrophages
There are 5 Alveolarmacrophages (gray) to be seen in the left half of the picture. These cells of the immune system move amoeba-like detecting inhaled foreign bodies in the bronchioles and pulmonary alveoli (gr.: macro= big, phagos=devourer).
The yellowish colored cells are single epithelium cells equipped with ciliated epithelia.
Scanning electron microscope, magnification 11 000:1

Macrophages of the Lung

Programmed cell death Apoptosis is the process of programmed cell death. In this process the cell shrinks and disintegrates into many single vesicles, which can be taken up by macrophages (white blood cells). Permanently, Apoptosis takes place in the body, because most cells only have a restricted life span. Scanning Electron Microscope, magnification 7000:1

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