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B-lymphocyte

Line breaks: B-lympho¦cyte
Pronunciation: /biːˈlɪmfəsʌɪt
 
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Definition of B-lymphocyte in English:

noun

Physiology
A lymphocyte not processed by the thymus gland, and responsible for producing antibodies. Also called B-cell. Compare with T-lymphocyte.
Example sentences
  • The antibody on B-lymphocytes recognizes and binds foreign proteins, polysaccharides, or lipids in soluble form.
  • The appendix, in conjunction with other parts of the body which also contain cells called B-lymphocytes, manufactures several types of antibodies.
  • The measles virus has been shown by researchers to be present in the tumor cells of patients suffering from Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the body's antibody-producing B-lymphocytes.

Origin

B for bursa, referring to the organ in birds where it was first identified.

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