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Activity of the dust cells is relatively high, because they are located at one of the major boundaries between the body and the outside world.
Dust cells are frequently seen to contain granules of inorganic material such as carbon that they have picked up from respiratory surfaces. Such black granules may be especially common in smoker's lungs or long-term city dwellers.
- alveolar+macrophage at eMedicine Dictionary
- Histology image: 13906loa – Histology Learning System at Boston University - "Respiratory System: lung (human), alveolar macrophages"
- m_01/12508817 at Dorland's Medical Dictionary
- Histology at KUMC resp-resp16 "Alveoli"
- Slide at uchc.edu
- Slide at ufl.edu