polymorphonuclear leukocyte
(PMN) (pol\'e-mor\'fo-noo\'kle-ěr)
A leukocyte that has a variety of nuclear forms.

Microbiology. . 2009.

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  • Polymorphonuclear leukocyte — A type of white blood cell with a nucleus that is so deeply lobated or divided that the cell looks to have multiple nuclei. Informally called a poly. * * * any fully developed granular leukocyte whose nucleus contains multiple lobes joined by… …   Medical dictionary

  • polymorphonuclear — I. |pälē|mȯrfə, lə̇|m + adjective Etymology: polymorphous + nuclear 1. of a leukocyte : having the nucleus complexly lobed 2. : being a neutrophil or other leukocyte of typical mature form with distinctly lobed nucleus II. noun ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • polymorphonuclear neutrophil — (PMN) the usual type of mature neutrophil, which has a multilobar nucleus; see also polymorphonuclear leukocyte, under leukocyte …   Medical dictionary

  • leukocyte — A type of cell formed in the myelopoietic, lymphoid, and reticular portions of the reticuloendothelial system in various parts of the body, and normally present in those sites and in the circulating blood (rarely in other tissues). Under various… …   Medical dictionary

  • polymorphonuclear — Having nuclei of varied forms; denoting a variety of leukocyte. [G. polymorphos, multiform, + L. nucleus, kernel] * * * poly·mor·pho·nu·cle·ar .mȯr fə n(y)ü klē ər adj of a leukocyte having the nucleus complexly lobed specif being a mature… …   Medical dictionary

  • leukocyte — leukocytic /looh keuh sit ik/, adj. /looh keuh sit /, n. Immunol. See white blood cell. Also, leucocyte. [1865 70; LEUKO + CYTE] * * * or white blood cell or white corpuscle Any of several types of blood cells that help defend the body from …   Universalium

  • polymorphonuclear — /pol ee mawr feuh nooh klee euhr, nyooh / or, by metathesis, / kyeuh leuhr/, adj. Cell Biol. (of a leukocyte) having a lobulate nucleus. [1895 1900; POLY + MORPHO + NUCLEAR] Pronunciation. See nuclear. * * * …   Universalium

  • leukocyte inhibitory factor — (LIF) a lymphokine that inhibits the migration of polymorphonuclear leukocytes but not macrophages …   Medical dictionary

  • granular leukocyte — noun : a blood granulocyte; especially : a polymorphonuclear leukocyte …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cell — The basic structural and functional unit in people and all living things. Each cell is a small container of chemicals and water wrapped in a membrane. Each cell in the human body there are 100 trillion cells in each of us contains the entire… …   Medical dictionary

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