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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The research team found that antigen-specific T-cell receptors in the human immune system may react with drugs, mistaking them for invading pathogens, and activate cytotoxic T cells, which produce proteins that attack the mistaken pathogens and bring collateral damage to healthy cells, leading to drug allergies.
Typically, vaccines can either increase the amount of antibody production or they can stimulate cells (called cytotoxic T cells) to directly kill the offending agent.
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