Dictionary.com

lymphocyte

[ lim-fuh-sahyt ]
/ ˈlɪm fəˌsaɪt /
Save This Word!

Definition of lymphocyte

noun Anatomy.
a type of white blood cell having a large, spherical nucleus surrounded by a thin layer of nongranular cytoplasm.

COMPARE MEANINGS

Click for a side-by-side comparison of meanings. Use the word comparison feature to learn the differences between similar and commonly confused words.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.
Compare B cell, T cell.

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use lymphocyte in a sentence

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
FEEDBACK