Suppressor T cell

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Definition

noun

A type of T cell that expresses CD8 transmembrane glycoprotein, and functions by inhibiting, suppressing, or helping to stop an immune response by releasing signals to other immune cells.


Supplement

Examples of suppressor T cells are suppressor macrophages. These cells terminate the immune response when foreign bodies have been controlled or destroyed.

Variants:

  • suppressor cell
  • T-suppressor cell

Synonyms:

  • CD8+ T cell
  • regulatory T cell
  • T-8 cell

See also: T cell