killer T cell
noun Date: 1975 a T cell that functions in cell-mediated immunity by destroying a cell (as one infected with a virus) having specific antigenic molecules on its surface — called also cytotoxic T cell

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  • killer T cell — n cytotoxic T cell …   Medical dictionary

  • killer T 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 cell, ↑cytotoxic T cell, ↑CD8 T cell, ↑CD8 cell • Hypernyms: ↑T cell, ↑T lymphocyte * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • killer T cell — noun A cytotoxic T cell …   Wiktionary

  • killer T cell — T cells that kill cells displaying recognized antigens …   Glossary of Biotechnology

  • killer T cell — a killer cell that destroys target cells only when specifically activated by helper T cells. Cf. natural killer cell. * * * …   Universalium

  • killer T cell — n. imu a killer cell that destroys target cells only when specifically activated by helper T cells Compare natural killer cell …   From formal English to slang

  • Natural Killer T cell — Natural killer T (NKT) cells are a heterogeneous group of T cells that share properties of both T cells and natural killer (NK) cells. Many of these cells recognize the non polymorphic CD1d molecule, an antigen presenting molecule that binds self …   Wikipedia

  • T cell — T cells belong to a group of white blood cells known as lymphocytes, and play a central role in cell mediated immunity. They can be distinguished from other lymphocyte types, such as B cells and natural killer cells by the presence of a special… …   Wikipedia

  • T cell — noun a small lymphocyte developed in the thymus; it orchestrates the immune system s response to infected or malignant cells • Syn: ↑T lymphocyte • Hypernyms: ↑lymphocyte, ↑lymph cell • Hyponyms: ↑helper T cell, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • killer T lymphocyte — n cytotoxic T cell …   Medical dictionary

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