A coelomocyte (pronounced /ˈsləmˌst/), from the Ancient Greek koílōma, "cavity" or "hollow", and kýtos, "receptacle" or "container", is a phagocytic leukocyte that appears in the bodies of animals that have a coelom. In most, it attacks and digests invading organisms such as bacteria and viruses through encapsulation and phagocytosis, though in some animals (e.g., the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans) it does not seem capable of the phagocytosis.[1] A coelomocyte may either be fixed to the body wall or may be free-floating within the coelom.[2]


  1. ^ Altun, Z.F.; Hall, David H. (2009), "Coelomocyte system", Wormbook, The C. elegans Research Community, doi:10.3908/wormatlas.1.11
  2. ^ Julius M. Cruse; Robert E. Lewis (12 January 2010). Atlas of Immunology, Second Edition. Taylor & Francis. p. 708. ISBN 978-1-4200-3994-8. Retrieved 1 September 2013.

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