Also called B lymphocyte. a type of lymphocyte, developed in bone marrow, that circulates in the blood and lymph and, upon encountering a particular foreign antigen, differentiates into a clone of plasma cells that secrete a specific antibody and a clone of memory cells that make the antibody on subsequent encounters. Also called beta cell. a cell in the islet of Langerhans that produces and secretes insulin.
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Origin of B cell
1970–75; (def. 1) perhaps B(one-derived); (def. 2) B(ursa of Langerhans-derived)
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How to use B cell in a sentence
Joel Osteen wants to talk about muting your cell phone at the dinner table.
At that point, the Library of Congress can once again decide to prohibit consumers from unlocking their cell phones.
Earlier this year, security at major airports was tightened because of a tip that al-Asiri had been working on a cell phone bomb.
John B. Stetson was born in 1830 in New Jersey, the son of a hat maker.
Just another example of a guy in a John B. Stetson hat saving the day.
Frequently they are found in alveolar arrangement, retaining the original outline of the alveoli of the lung (Fig. 4, b).
A was an Archer, who shot at a frog; B was a Butcher, and had a great dog.
(b) Diseases of the stomach associated with deficient hydrochloric acid, as chronic gastritis and gastric cancer.
In his condemned cell he composed a beautiful poem of 14 verses (“My last Thought”), which was found by his wife and published.
Some writers state that each cell contains about one thousand seeds.
British Dictionary definitions for B cell
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Medical definitions for B cell
A type of lymphocyte that, when stimulated by a particular antigen, differentiates into plasma cells that synthesize the antibodies that circulate in the blood and react with the specific antigens.B lymphocyte
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Scientific definitions for B cell
Any of the lymphocytes that develop into plasma cells in the presence of a specific antigen. The plasma cells produce antibodies that attack or neutralize the antigen in what is called the humoral immune response. B cells mature in the bone marrow before being released into the blood. Also called B lymphocyte Compare T cell.
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Cultural definitions for B cell
One of two main types of immune system lymphocytes (compare T-cell). B-cells originate and develop in the bone marrow and circulate throughout the blood and lymph fluids, recognizing foreign bacteria, viruses, and toxins and binding to them to facilitate their disposal by other cells.
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