- Anatomy. an antibody-secreting cell, derived from B cells, that plays a major role in antibody-mediated immunity.
Origin of plasma cell
First recorded in 1885–90
Also called plas·ma·cyte [plaz-muh-sahyt] /ˈplæz məˌsaɪt/.
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- plasma cell
- An antibody-producing lymphocyte derived from a B cell upon reaction with a specific antigen.plasmacyte
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- A lymphocyte that originates from a B cell and produces antibodies as part of a humoral immune response. See Note at antibody.
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