white blood cell


Definition of white blood cell

: any of the blood cells that are colorless, lack hemoglobin, contain a nucleus, and include the lymphocytes, monocytes, neutrophils, eosinophils, and basophils

called also leukocyte, white blood corpuscle, white cell

— compare red blood cell

Examples of white blood cell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Consuming foods high in vitamin C, such as grapefruits and oranges, may increase white blood cell production – key to fighting infection. USA Today, "Can vitamin D help with symptoms of COVID-19? Possibly, it's key to helping your immune system function," 9 June 2020 The latter is particularly important for Vang and his 26-year-old wife, who has an elevated white blood cell count and regularly sees an oncologist. NBC News, "A curse for most, a 'blessing' for some. How unemployed Americans are getting by during pandemic," 9 Apr. 2020 But many different illnesses can affect the functioning of white blood cells, Donald Ford, MD, a family medicine doctor at Cleveland Clinic, tells Health. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "What Is a Weak Immune System? Here’s How Doctors Explain It," 21 May 2020 Hematological cancer includes conditions like leukemia, which limits the production of white blood cells. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Coronavirus and cancer: Study finds death rate higher, severe outcomes more likely in cancer patients with COVID-19," 29 Apr. 2020 When caring for a patient who was stable but had heart problems and low numbers of white blood cells — both of which can be worsened by hydroxychloroquine — Subramanian opted not to start the medicine. Allison Bond, STAT, "Doctors ‘keep an open mind’ about unproven coronavirus drug, but worry it could do more harm than good," 10 Apr. 2020 The virus can then infect the white blood cell that consumes it, facilitating the spread of the disease. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 25 Mar. 2020 High blood glucose impairs the ability of white blood cells to fight infections in people with diabetes, Dr. Ribner says. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Who’s Most at Risk From the Coronavirus," 12 Mar. 2020 By the mid-20s and 30s, acne is made of deep pockets of white blood cells and these can't be popped. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "How to Treat Cystic Acne, According to Dermatologists," 3 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of white blood cell

1852, in the meaning defined above

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“White blood cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20blood%20cell. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of white blood cell

: a clear or colorless cell in the blood that protects the body from disease

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Kids Definition of white blood cell

: one of the tiny colorless cells of the blood that help fight infection

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Medical Definition of white blood cell

: any of the blood cells of the immune system that are colorless, lack hemoglobin, contain a nucleus, and include the lymphocytes, monocytes, neutrophils, eosinophils, and basophils along with their precursors and derivatives (as macrophages) : leukocyte abbreviation WBC

called also white blood corpuscle, white cell, white corpuscle

— compare red blood cell

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