leukocyte

noun
leu·​ko·​cyte | \ˈlü-kə-ˌsīt \

Definition of leukocyte 

: any of the colorless blood cells of the immune system including the neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, eosinophils, basophils, and their derivatives : white blood cell

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leukocytic \ ˌlü-​kə-​ˈsi-​tik \ adjective

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Seeing opportunity to treat disease by blocking integrins and other molecules that guide the crawling of immune cells known as leukocytes, Dr. Springer formed LeukoSite in 1993. Brian Gormley, WSJ, "Biotech Entrepreneur Timothy Springer Has Another Act," 19 July 2017 The method characterizes a region of the genome called human leukocyte antigen, or HLA, that regulates the immune system. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Immune-matching process improved, reports Human Longevity-led study," 9 July 2017 These cells were produced by making them express minimally variant human leukocyte antigen class E molecules. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Skin regeneration, universal donor stem cells and new SMA treatment approach," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of leukocyte

1870, in the meaning defined above

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leukocyte

noun
leu·​ko·​cyte
variants: or chiefly British leucocyte \ ˈlü-​kə-​ˌsīt \

Medical Definition of leukocyte 

: any of the colorless blood cells of the immune system including the neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, eosinophils, basophils, and their derivatives : white blood cell

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