b cell

b cell
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [bee sel]
    • /bi sɛl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [bee sel]
    • /bi sɛl/

Definitions of b cell words

  • noun b cell Also called B lymphocyte. a type of lymphocyte, developed in bone marrow, that circulates in the blood and lymph and, upon encountering a particular foreign antigen, differentiates into a clone of plasma cells that secrete a specific antibody and a clone of memory cells that make the antibody on subsequent encounters. 1
  • noun b cell Also called beta cell. a cell in the islet of Langerhans that produces and secretes insulin. 1
  • noun b cell (immunology) A lymphocyte, developed in the bursa of birds and the bone marrow of other animals, that produces antibodies and is responsible for the immune system. 0

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Origin of b cell

First appearance:

before 1970
One of the 2% newest English words
1970-75; (def 1) perhaps B(one-derived); (def 2) B(ursa of Langerhans-derived)

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b cell popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 50% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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