killer cell
noun Date: 1972 a lymphocyte (as a killer T cell or a natural killer cell) with cytotoxic activity

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  • killer cell — n a lymphocyte (as a cytotoxic T cell or a natural killer cell) with cytotoxic activity …   Medical dictionary

  • killer cell — n. any of various cells that destroy germs, infected cells, etc.; esp., a lymphocyte (killer T cell) that destroys infected or cancerous cells by releasing proteins that damage the cell membranes of the target cells …   English World dictionary

  • killer cell — noun T cell with CD8 receptor that recognizes antigens on the surface of a virus infected cell and binds to the infected cell and kill it • Syn: ↑killer T cell, ↑cytotoxic T cell, ↑CD8 T cell, ↑CD8 cell • Hypernyms: ↑T cell, ↑T lymphocyte * * *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • killer cell — Immunol. any of several types of lymphocyte or leukocyte capable of destroying cells that have acquired foreign characteristics, as a tumor cell or virus infected cell. * * * …   Universalium

  • killer cell — noun Physiology a T lymphocyte which destroys infected or cancerous cells and parasites. Compare with helper cell …   English new terms dictionary

  • killer cell — kill′er cell n. imu any of several types of lymphocyte or leukocyte capable of destroying cells that have acquired foreign characteristics …   From formal English to slang

  • killer cell — A white blood cell that attacks tumor cells and body cells that have been invaded by foreign substances …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • Killer-cell immunoglobulin-like receptor — Killer cell immunoglobulin like receptors (KIRs), are a family of cell surface proteins found on important cells of the immune system called natural killer (NK) cells. They regulate the killing function of these cells by interacting with MHC… …   Wikipedia

  • Killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor — (also called killer inhibitor receptor Lippincott s Illustrated Reviews: Immunology. Paperback: 384 pages. Publisher: Lippincott Williams Wilkins; (July 1, 2007). Language: English. ISBN 10: 0781795435. ISBN 13: 978 0781795432. Page 20 ] is a… …   Wikipedia

  • Killer Cell Immunoglobulin-like Receptor — Die killer cell immunoglobulin like receptors (kurz KIR oder KIR Rezeptoren) sind Rezeptoren, die hauptsächlich in der Plasmamembran von natürlichen Killerzellen (NK Zellen) vorkommen, also einen Teil des Immunsystems von Säugetieren darstellen.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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