white blood cell
noun Date: 1869 any of the blood cells that are colorless, lack hemoglobin, contain a nucleus, and include the lymphocytes, monocytes, neutrophils, eosinophils, and basophils — called also leukocyte, white blood corpuscle, white cell

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