white cell


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Recent Examples on the Web This is a doctor whose patients are virtually all immunocompromised, since most cancer drugs wipe out our white cell count. Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Discreetly criticizing the only oncologist in town," 23 Dec. 2020 His doctors upped the immune-suppressing medicines and started something called photopheresis, in which blood is routed out of the body, through a type of light that kills off the misdirected white cells, then back into circulation. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "His Immune System Went Out of Whack. The Usual Treatment Didn’t Work. Why?," 18 Mar. 2020 Young-blood transfusions typically involve plasma, the fluid part of blood packed with signaling proteins and other molecules but no red or white cells. Rebecca Robbins, Scientific American, "FDA Issues Warning about Young-Blood Transfusions," 20 Feb. 2019 New drugs aim to disarm the immune system’s ‘atomic bomb’ cells Neutrophils make up some 70% of the white cells in blood, with billions spawned every day by stem cells nestled in the bone marrow. Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: Bungled coronavirus testing, disarming ‘atomic bomb’ cells, and jet stream blocking," 6 Mar. 2020 The red team was ready to begin shooting down the V-22s when Van Riper’s chief of staff received a message from the white cell. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Lost a (Fictional) War With Iran 18 Years Ago," 3 Jan. 2020 But then, day by day, as the ritual progressed, and fewer white cells were left, the stuff grew clear. Eric Boodman, STAT, "Families are reeling after FDA rejects therapy for kids born without a thymus gland," 6 Dec. 2019 Red cells, white cells or platelets were at critically low levels. Alex Harrison, Cincinnati.com, "Turpin golfer Max Meyer delivers birdies, bogeys, meals and hope," 23 Oct. 2019 In early August, after a routine blood test found her white cell count plummeting, she was taken by ambulance to Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn for a blood transfusion. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, "Nursing Homes Are a Breeding Ground for a Fatal Fungus," 6 Apr. 2019

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1852, in the meaning defined above

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“White cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20cell. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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