thymocyte

[ thahy-muh-sahyt ]
/ ˈθaɪ məˌsaɪt /

noun Immunology.

a cell that develops in the thymus and is the precursor of T cells.

Nearby words

  1. thymidine triphosphate,
  2. thymidylic acid,
  3. thymine,
  4. thymitis,
  5. thymo-,
  6. thymokinetic,
  7. thymol,
  8. thymoma,
  9. thymoprival,
  10. thymosin

Origin of thymocyte

First recorded in 1920–25; thym(us) + -o- + -cyte

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British Dictionary definitions for thymocyte

thymocyte

/ (ˈθaɪməsaɪt) /

noun

a lymphocyte found in the thymus
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Medicine definitions for thymocyte

thymocyte

[ thīmə-sīt′ ]

n.

A lymphocyte that develops in the thymus and is the precursor of a T cell.

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