blood cell


Definition of blood cell

: a cell normally present in blood

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Your body springs into action, combining enough platelets (blood cells that adhere to each other) and proteins from plasma (the liquid part of your blood) to plug the injured blood vessel, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s When to See a Doctor About Period Clots," 1 Mar. 2019 Somatic cells are those in the body that have already differentiated—lung cells or blood cells or liver cells, for example. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Legal vs. Illegal Gene Editing: Here's What's Banned, and Why," 4 Dec. 2018 It’s made by plasma cells, the infection-fighting blood cells that turn malignant in multiple myeloma. Marie Mccullough,, "Her identical twin saved her life 25 years ago. Now they're cancer activists," 17 Apr. 2018 Little wonder that efforts to grow blood cells in a lab, or even to create a blood substitute, are under way. Laura Landro, WSJ, "‘Nine Pints’ Review: The Stuff of Life," 29 Oct. 2018 Every day, a few hundred such stem cells spew out blood cells that begin dividing rapidly into the 10 billion needed to replace those that have died. Gina Kolata, New York Times, "Scientists Discover a Bone-Deep Risk for Heart Disease," 29 Jan. 2018 There are different forms of lupus, but the most common one is systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), which can cause issues with your joints, kidneys, skin, blood cells, brain, lungs, or heart. Korin Miller, SELF, "Model Robyn Lawley Shares Photos of Her Scars After Having a Seizure and Falling Down Stairs," 16 Aug. 2018 Leukemia refers to a group of cancers that affect blood cells, which are normally produced by bone marrow. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "WWE Star Roman Reigns Reveals Leukemia Diagnosis: 'I Will Beat This and I Will Be Back'," 23 Oct. 2018 Robots the size of a human blood cell could monitor everything from human bodies to oil pipelines. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "It Just Got Easier to Make Hordes of Blood Cell-Sized Robots All at Once," 23 Oct. 2018

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1834, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of blood cell

: a cell that is normally present in blood

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Medical Definition of blood cell

: a cell or platelet normally present in blood — see red blood cell, white blood cell

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