helper T cell
noun Date: 1974 a T cell that participates in an immune response by recognizing a foreign antigen and secreting lymphokines to activate T cell and B cell proliferation and that usually carries CD4 molecular markers on its cell surface — called also helper cell, T-helper cell

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