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thymocyte Line breaks: thymo|cyte
Pronunciation: /ˈθʌɪmə(ʊ)sʌɪt/

Definition of thymocyte in English:


A lymphocyte within the thymus gland.
Example sentences
  • The systemic immune effects include increased apoptosis of thymocytes, decreased macrophage phagocytosis, thymic atrophy and diminished allograft rejection.
  • The effect of thymic peptide on the functions of tissue macrophages, tumor-associated macrophages, and tumor-induced apoptosis of thymocytes was studied.
  • All the three proteoglycans stimulated mice thymocyte and splenocyte proliferation and elevated cell cytotoxicity.


1920s: from thymus + -cyte.

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