T lymphocyte

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noun, plural: T lymphocytes

A type of lymphocyte that functions in cell-mediated immunity, and is distinguished from other types of lymphocytes by the presence of special receptor (T cell receptor) on the cell surface.


The T in T lymphocyte stands for thymus. The thymus is the bodily organ where T lymphocytes mature.

The different types of T lymphocytes are:


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