[ lim-fuh-blast ]
/ ˈlɪm fəˌblæst /

noun Cell Biology.

a large, metabolically active lymphocyte shortly before it enters into mitosis.

Origin of lymphoblast

First recorded in 1905–10; lympho- + -blast

Related forms

lym·pho·blas·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for lymphoblast


/ (ˈlɪmfəʊˌblɑːst) /


an abnormal cell consisting of a large nucleus and small cytoplasm that was once thought to be an immature lymphocyte and is now associated with a type of leukaemia (lymphoblastic leukaemia)

Derived Forms

lymphoblastic (ˌlɪmfəʊˈblæstɪk), adjective
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Medicine definitions for lymphoblast


[ lĭmfə-blăst′ ]


An immature cell that gives rise to a lymphocyte.lymphocytoblast

Related forms

lym′pho•blastic adj.
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