White blood cells (Cont.)


The primary functions of the various white blood cells are:

Neutrophils - phagocytosis (bacteria & cellular debris); very important in inflammation

  Eosinophils - help break down blood clots & kill parasites
  Basophils - synthesize and store histamine (a substance released during inflammation) and heparin (an anticoagulant); functions(s) remain unclear
  Monocytes - phagocytosis (typically as macrophages in tissues of the liver, spleen, lungs, & lymph nodes)
  Lymphocytes - immune response (including production of antibodies)