killer cell

noun Immunology.

any of several types of lymphocyte or leukocyte capable of destroying cells that have acquired foreign characteristics, as a tumor cell or virus-infected cell.

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British Dictionary definitions for killer cell

killer cell


a type of white blood cell that is able to kill cells, such as cancer cells and cells infected with viruses
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Medicine definitions for killer cell

killer cell



A large differentiated T cell that attacks and lyses target cells bearing specific antigens.cytotoxic T cell killer T cell null cell

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