T cell etymology

English word T cell comes from English thymus

Detailed word origin of T cell

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thymus English (eng) (anatomy, immunology) A ductless gland, consisting mainly of lymphatic tissue, located behind the top of the breastbone. It is most active during puberty, after which it shrinks in size. It plays an important role in the development of the immune system and produces lymphocytes.
T cell English (eng) (immunology) A lymphocyte, from the thymus, that can recognise specific antigens and can activate or deactivate other immune cells.

Words with the same origin as T cell

Descendants of thymus
thymectomy thymoma thymothymomectomy