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

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Novartis was the first to get U.S. approval for a high-tech therapy known as CAR-T, where disease-fighting white blood cells are removed from a patient, genetically modified to enhance their cancer-fighting ability, and reinfused into the body. Denise Roland, WSJ, "Novartis CEO Bets on Cutting-Edge Science to Remake Drug Giant," 19 Nov. 2018 Gomez reportedly visited the hospital twice in recent weeks due to a low white blood cell count, which was likely a side effect from her recent kidney transplant. D. Elizabeth, Glamour, "Selena Gomez Is Reportedly Seeking Treatment Following an 'Emotional Breakdown'," 11 Oct. 2018 The trip had been jeopardized after Jennifer’s white blood cell count dipped on Friday and she was admitted to the hospital. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Teen chooses homeschooling to help paralyzed mom diagnosed with 2 cancers," 27 Aug. 2018 Researchers compared Swedish massage to light touch only and discovered that just one 45 minute massage session increased white blood cell counts, which are an important factor for your immune system. Abby Cuffey, Woman's Day, "The Health Case for Massages," 13 Sep. 2010 According to People, Selena was recently in the hospital twice due to low white blood cell count. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About Selena Gomez's Emotional Breakdown," 12 Oct. 2018 She was first hospitalized when her white blood cell count became increasingly low, and was readmitted a few days later for the same issue, which can be common for those with active Lupus symptoms. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Selena Gomez Enters a Mental Health Facility for Anxiety and Depression," 11 Oct. 2018 In July 2017, Russell, who also served in Vietnam, was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects white blood cells, which helps the body fight infections. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As he fought cancer, Oconomowoc swim coach led his team to a national championship," 3 July 2018 With non-Hodgkins's lymphoma, the cancer starts with white blood cells called lymphocytes, which are part of the body's immune system, according to the American Cancer Society. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Abby Lee Miller, former 'Dance Moms' star, preliminarily diagnosed with Burkitt Lymphoma," 19 Apr. 2018

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1852, in the meaning defined above

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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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