cytotoxic T cell

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cytotoxic T cell

killer T cell


n.
a killer cell that destroys target cells only when specifically activated by helper T cells.
Compare natural killer cell.
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Noun1.cytotoxic T cell - 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
T cell, T lymphocyte - a small lymphocyte developed in the thymus; it orchestrates the immune system's response to infected or malignant cells
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Taking CD8 cytotoxic T lymphocytes - the "killer" T cells that help fight infection - from an HIV-infected individual, the researchers identified the molecule known as the T-cell receptor, which guides the T cell in recognizing and killing HIV-infected cells.