white blood cell

noun
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

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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First Known Use of white blood cell

1852


WHITE BLOOD CELL Defined for English Language Learners

white blood cell

noun

Definition of white blood cell for English Language Learners

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


WHITE BLOOD CELL Defined for Kids

white blood cell

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Definition of white blood cell for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

white blood cell

noun

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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