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T-lymphocyte Line breaks: T-lympho¦cyte
Pronunciation: /tiːˈlɪmfəsʌɪt/

Definition of T-lymphocyte in English:


A lymphocyte of a type produced or processed by the thymus gland and actively participating in the immune response. Also called T-cell. Compare with B-lymphocyte.
Example sentences
  • Some tumors cause apoptosis in T-lymphocytes thus preventing the immune system from rejecting them.
  • Nevertheless, there were no large differences between T-lymphocytes, macrophages, neutrophils, eosinophils, and mast cells numbers and percentages in distal lung regions of normal subjects.
  • The number of inflammatory cells generally increased toward the periphery, but the percentage of T-lymphocytes, eosinophils, monocytes/macrophages, and neutrophils remained similar or decreased from large to small airways.


1970s: from T for thymus.

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