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lymphocyte

[ lim-fuh-sahyt ]
/ ˈlɪm fəˌsaɪt /
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noun Anatomy.
a type of white blood cell having a large, spherical nucleus surrounded by a thin layer of nongranular cytoplasm.

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Origin of lymphocyte

First recorded in 1885–90; lympho- + -cyte

OTHER WORDS FROM lymphocyte

lym·pho·cyt·ic [lim-fuh-sit-ik], /ˌlɪm fəˈsɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lymphocyte

lymphocyte
/ (ˈlɪmfəʊˌsaɪt) /

noun
a type of white blood cell formed in lymphoid tissueSee also B-lymphocyte, T-lymphocyte

Derived forms of lymphocyte

lymphocytic (ˌlɪmfəʊˈsɪtɪk), adjective
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Scientific definitions for lymphocyte

lymphocyte
[ lĭmfə-sīt′ ]

Any of various white blood cells, including B cells and T cells, that function in the body's immune system by recognizing and deactivating specific foreign substances called antigens. B cells act by stimulating the production of antibodies. T cells contain receptors on their cell surfaces that are capable of recognizing and binding to specific antigens. Lymphocytes are found in the lymph nodes and spleen and circulate continuously in the blood and lymph.
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