B lymphocyte


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B lymphocyte

also B-lym·pho·cyte  (bē′lĭm′fə-sīt′)
n.
See B cell.

B cell


n.
1. Also called B lymphocyte. a type of white blood cell that circulates in the blood and lymph and produces antibody upon encountering any antigen that has a molecular arrangement complementary to the antibody.
[1970–75]
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Noun1.B lymphocyte - a lymphocyte derived from bone marrow that provides humoral immunityB lymphocyte - a lymphocyte derived from bone marrow that provides humoral immunity; it recognizes free antigen molecules in solution and matures into plasma cells that secrete immunoglobulin (antibodies) that inactivate the antigens
lymph cell, lymphocyte - an agranulocytic leukocyte that normally makes up a quarter of the white blood cell count but increases in the presence of infection
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The evaluation of the proportion of polymorphonuclear leukocytes, macrophages, T lymphocytes, and B lymphocytes, as well the relative proportion of neovascularization in skin tissue specimens, was determined by quantitative image analysis (22).
Humoral: part of the immune response that involves antibodies secreted by B lymphocytes (see below) and circulating in body fluids such as blood or lymph.
These T lymphocytes activate and release messenger substances (cytokines) that increase the immune response and stimulate the production of antibodies by B lymphocytes.