effector cell

noun
plural effector cells

Definition of effector cell

: a lymphocyte (such as a T cell) that has been induced to differentiate into a form (such as a cytotoxic T cell) capable of mounting a specific immune response Natural killer cells are effector cells with spontaneous cytotoxicity for a variety of target cells including tumor cells.— Arthur Weiss et al. effector cells that kill invading pathogens or stimulate B cells to make antibody against foreign antigens …— Charles R. Mackay et al.

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1962, in the meaning defined above

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27 Apr 2020

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“Effector cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effector%20cell. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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effector cell

noun

Medical Definition of effector cell

: a lymphocyte (as a T cell) that has been induced to differentiate into a form (as a cytotoxic T cell) capable of mounting a specific immune response

called also effector lymphocyte

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