white corpuscle

Definitions of white corpuscle
  1. noun
    blood cells that engulf and digest bacteria and fungi; an important part of the body's defense system
    synonyms: WBC, leucocyte, leukocyte, white blood cell, white blood corpuscle, white cell
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    myelocyte
    an immature leukocyte normally found in bone marrow
    myeloblast
    a precursor of leukocytes that normally occurs only in bone marrow
    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
    granulocyte
    a leukocyte that has granules in its cytoplasm
    monocyte
    a type of granular leukocyte that functions in the ingestion of bacteria
    basophil, basophile
    a leukocyte with basophilic granules easily stained by basic stains
    neutrophil, neutrophile
    the chief phagocytic leukocyte; stains with either basic or acid dyes
    eosinophil, eosinophile
    a leukocyte readily stained with eosin
    B cell, B lymphocyte
    a lymphocyte derived from bone marrow that provides humoral immunity; it recognizes free antigen molecules in solution and matures into plasma cells that secrete immunoglobulin (antibodies) that inactivate the antigens
    T cell, T lymphocyte
    a small lymphocyte developed in the thymus; it orchestrates the immune system's response to infected or malignant cells
    lymphoblast
    an immature lymphocyte
    plasma cell, plasmacyte
    a cell that develops from a B lymphocyte in reaction to a specific antigen; found in bone marrow and sometimes in the blood
    monoblast
    a large immature monocyte normally found in bone marrow
    microphage
    a neutrophil that ingests small things (as bacteria)
    type of:
    blood cell, blood corpuscle, corpuscle
    either of two types of cells (erythrocytes and leukocytes) and sometimes including platelets
    free phagocyte
    a phagocyte that circulates in the blood
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