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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T-cytotoxic cells and antibodies can induce perforations of different size and quantities on somatic cells surface, which can formed the precancerous and later the cancer cells arising.
Among normal PBMCs, T-helper cells, T-cytotoxic cells, conventional (CD5-) and B-Ia (CD5+) B cells, natural killer cells, and monocytes remained unaffected by monoglycerides.
T-helper and T-cytotoxic cells can be distinguished from one another by the presence of either membrane glycoproteins CD4 or CD8 on their cell surfaces.