reticuloendothelial systemmedical dictionary

The phagocytic system of the body, including the fixed macrophages of tissues, liver and spleen. Rather old fashioned term that is coming back into use, mononuclear phagocyte system is probably better when only phagocytes are meant.

This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology

Abbreviation: RES

(11 Mar 2008)