plasma cell

noun

Definition of plasma cell

: a lymphocyte that is a mature antibody-secreting B cell

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Eighty-five per cent of drug-resistant patients with multiple myeloma—a malignancy of the blood’s plasma cells—have either a complete or a partial response to the therapy, but more than a third of complete responders relapse within a year. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, "The Promise and Price of Cellular Therapies," 15 July 2019 The disease is cancer in plasma cells found in bone marrow, an important part of the immune system. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore biotech company raises $32.5 million to continue pursuing cancer immunotherapy treatment," 18 June 2018 When cancerous, these plasma cells produce abnormal proteins that damage organs. Karen Weintraub, STAT, "Once quickly lethal and still humbling, multiple myeloma may be in a ‘golden age’ of treatment," 29 May 2018 The cancer starts in a subgroup of white blood cells called plasma cells that normally make antibodies to fight infection. Karen Weintraub, STAT, "Once quickly lethal and still humbling, multiple myeloma may be in a ‘golden age’ of treatment," 29 May 2018 It’s made by plasma cells, the infection-fighting blood cells that turn malignant in multiple myeloma. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Her identical twin saved her life 25 years ago. Now they're cancer activists," 17 Apr. 2018 As of July 1, 2017, 16 white male firefighters who worked at ground zero were diagnosed with this cancer, which affects plasma cells in the bone marrow. Karen Kaplan, latimes.com, "For firefighters who worked in World Trade Center rubble, the future includes a heightened risk of cancer," 26 Apr. 2018 Out-of-control plasma cells simultaneously crowd out healthy blood cells and produce destructive proteins. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Her identical twin saved her life 25 years ago. Now they're cancer activists," 17 Apr. 2018 Christi Shaw, the president of Lilly Bio-Medicines, talked about becoming the caregiver for her sister with multiple myeloma, a cancer that forms in plasma cells. Alexandra Sifferlin, Fortune, "What Happens When the Patient Becomes the Boss?," 20 Mar. 2018

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1895, in the meaning defined above

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plasma cell

noun

Medical Definition of plasma cell

: a lymphocyte that is a mature antibody-secreting B cell

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