lymphoblast

noun

lym·​pho·​blast ˈlim(p)-fə-ˌblast How to pronounce lymphoblast (audio)
: a lymphocyte that has enlarged following stimulation by an antigen, has the capacity to recognize the stimulating antigen, and is undergoing proliferation and differentiation either to an effector state in which it functions to eliminate the antigen or to a memory state in which it functions to recognize the future reappearance of the antigen
lymphoblastic adjective

Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lymphoblast was circa 1909

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“Lymphoblast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lymphoblast. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

lymphoblast

noun
lym·​pho·​blast ˈlim(p)-fə-ˌblast How to pronounce lymphoblast (audio)
: a lymphocyte that has enlarged following stimulation by an antigen, has the capacity to recognize the stimulating antigen, and is undergoing proliferation and differentiation either to an effector state in which it functions to eliminate the antigen or to a memory state in which it functions to recognize the future reappearance of the antigen

called also lymphocytoblast

compare leukoblast
lymphoblastic adjective
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