lymphocyte

noun
lym·​pho·​cyte | \ ˈlim(p)-fə-ˌsīt How to pronounce lymphocyte (audio) \

Definition of lymphocyte

: any of the colorless weakly motile cells originating from stem cells and differentiating in lymphoid tissue (as of the thymus or bone marrow) that are the typical cellular elements of lymph, include the cellular mediators of immunity, and constitute 20 to 30 percent of the white blood cells of normal human blood — compare b cell, t cell

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lymphocytic \ ˌlim(p)-​fə-​ˈsi-​tik How to pronounce lymphocytic (audio) \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Vitamin C increases blood levels of antibodies and helps to differentiate lymphocytes (white blood cells), which helps the body determine what kind of protection is needed, Majumdar explained. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "How to strengthen your immunity to coronavirus. Part 1: Diet," 25 Mar. 2020 The body’s inflammatory proteins skyrocket, while its lymphocytes plummet. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, "“It’s Hard to Stay Afloat”: Hope and Exhaustion in the Coronavirus Fight," 15 Apr. 2020 The friend believed that Napier's low level of lymphocytes could have actually been a result of COVID-19. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "HGTV's Erin Napier Reveals She and Her Two-Year-Old Daughter Might Have Had Coronavirus Unknowingly," 23 Mar. 2020 The good guys are your white blood cells, especially the ones called lymphocytes that produce antibodies. USA Today, "Why a coronavirus vaccine is more than a year away, despite medical researchers' progress," 9 Mar. 2020 But Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia does have a staging system based on the number of lymphocytes in the blood, platelets and red blood cells and the size of lymph nodes, liver or spleen, according to the National Cancer Institute. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Rush Limbaugh and Shannen Doherty have advanced cancer. What does that mean? What is Stage IV?," 5 Feb. 2020 Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of immune system cancer that starts in white blood cells called lymphocytes, according to the American Cancer Society. NBC News, "ESPN reporter had advanced non-Hogkin lymphoma, a cancer that can grow rapidly," 16 Jan. 2020 These antigens prompt your B-lymphocytes, another type of white blood cell, to churn out antibodies, or proteins that help eliminate pathogens. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "What Is Herd Immunity, And Why Does It Matter?," 26 Aug. 2019 Chronic lymphocytic leukemia, in particular, is a type of cancer where the bone marrow makes too many of a type of white blood cell called lymphocytes, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) says. Korin Miller, Health.com, "What is Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia? Cancer Doctors Explain the Symptoms and Treatment Options," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of lymphocyte

1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Lymphocyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lymphocyte. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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lymphocyte

noun
lym·​pho·​cyte | \ ˈlim-fə-ˌsīt How to pronounce lymphocyte (audio) \

Kids Definition of lymphocyte

: any of the white blood cells of the immune system that play a role in recognizing and destroying foreign cells, particles, or substances that have invaded the body

lymphocyte

noun
lym·​pho·​cyte | \ ˈlim(p)-fə-ˌsīt How to pronounce lymphocyte (audio) \

Medical Definition of lymphocyte

: any of the colorless weakly motile cells that originate from stem cells and differentiate in lymphoid tissue (as of the thymus or bone marrow), that are the typical cellular elements of lymph, that include the cellular mediators of immunity, and that constitute 20 to 30 percent of the white blood cells of normal human blood — see b cell, t cell

Other Words from lymphocyte

lymphocytic \ ˌlim(p)-​fə-​ˈsit-​ik How to pronounce lymphocytic (audio) \ adjective

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