natural killer cell


noun Immunology.

a small killer cell that destroys virus-infected cells or tumor cells without activation by an immune system cell or antibody.
Compare killer T cell.
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Medicine definitions for natural killer cell

natural killer cell

n.

A killer cell that is activated by double-stranded RNA and fights off viral infections and tumors.
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