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leukocyte

[loo-kuh-sit]
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noun Immunology.
  1. white blood cell.
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Also leucocyte.

Origin of leukocyte

First recorded in 1865–70; leuko- + -cyte
Related formsleu·ko·cyt·ic [loo-kuh-sit-ik] /ˌlu kəˈsɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Related Words

corpuscleerythrocytehemocyteleukocyte

Examples from the Web for leukocyte

Historical Examples

  • The leukocyte count may be normal, but is commonly diminished to about 3000.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis

    James Campbell Todd

  • The leukocyte count is high, but lower than in the myelogenous type.

  • The leukocyte count is normal or low, with relative increase of lymphocytes.

  • The dilution can be more accurately made in the leukocyte pipet of the Thoma-Zeiss instrument.


Word Origin and History for leukocyte

n.

also leucocyte, 1860, via French leucocyte, from Greek leuko-, comb. form of leukos "white" (see light (n.)) + -cyte (see cyto-).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

leukocyte in Medicine

leukocyte

n.
  1. white blood cell
Related formsleu′ko•cytic (-sĭtĭk) adj.

leukocyte in Science

leukocyte

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