t cell

t cell
T t


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [tee sel]
    • /ti sɛl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [tee sel]
    • /ti sɛl/

Definition of t cell words

  • noun t cell any of several closely related lymphocytes, developed in the thymus, that circulate in the blood and lymph and orchestrate the immune system's response to infected or malignant cells, either by lymphokine secretions or by direct contact: helper T cells recognize foreign antigen on the surfaces of other cells, then they stimulate B cells to produce antibody and signal killer T cells to destroy the antigen-displaying cells; subsequently suppressor T cells return the immune system to normal by inactivating the B cells and killer T cells. 1

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Origin of t cell

First appearance:

before 1965
One of the 2% newest English words
1965-70; T(hymus-derived)

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t 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.
According to our data about 57% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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