T lymphocyte

Definitions of T lymphocyte
  1. noun
    a small lymphocyte developed in the thymus; it orchestrates the immune system's response to infected or malignant cells
    synonyms: T cell
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    types:
    CD4 T cell, CD4 cell, helper T cell, helper cell
    T cell with CD4 receptor that recognizes antigens on the surface of a virus-infected cell and secretes lymphokines that stimulate B cells and killer T cells; helper T cells are infected and killed by the AIDS virus
    CD8 T cell, CD8 cell, cytotoxic T cell, killer T cell, killer cell
    T cell with CD8 receptor that recognizes antigens on the surface of a virus-infected cell and binds to the infected cell and kill it
    type of:
    lymph cell, lymphocyte
    an agranulocytic leukocyte that normally makes up a quarter of the white blood cell count but increases in the presence of infection
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