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T lym·pho·cyte

a lymphocyte formed in the bone marrow from which it migrates to the thymic cortex to become an immunologically competent cell; T lymphocytes have long lifespans (months to years) and are responsible for cell-mediated immunity; T lymphocytes form rosettes with sheep erythrocytes and differentiate and divide in the presence of transforming agents (mitogens); T lymphocytes have characteristic T cell receptor-CD3 complexes as surface markers and may be further categorized by function, such as helper and cytotoxic.
See also: B lymphocyte.
Synonym(s): T cell
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T cell

n.
Any of the lymphocytes that mature in the thymus and have the ability to recognize specific peptide antigens through the receptors on their cell surface. Also called T lymphocyte.
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T cell

Cardiology
A specialised myocyte found in clusters in the sinus node, which is intermediate in size, structure, and organisation between P cells and normal atrial myocytes, and connect swith either of these cells; perinodal T cells surround the sinus tract and are thought to “bundle” impulses leaving the sinus node and to filter premature ectopic atrial impulses.

Immunology
A thymus-derived white cell responsible for cell-mediated immunity and immunoregulation which is the most complex cell of the immune system, given:
(1) The diversity of T-cell types, including T cells with activator, cytotoxic, delayed hypersensitivity and suppressor activities;
(2) The wide range of cytokines, growth factors and immune modulators produced by activated T cells;
(3) The complexity of T-cell interaction with exogenous and endogenous antigens (e.g., mediation of delayed hypersensitivity, graft-versus-host disease);
(4) The complexity of T-cell maturation in the thymus.

50 to 70% of circulating WBCs are granulocytes (neutrophils); the rest are lymphocytes, of which T cells (defined as having “pan T cell” markers), CD2 and CD7 and other T-cell markers (e.g., CD1, CD3, and CD5) comprise 70 to 85%; B cells comprise 15 to 30%.
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T lym·pho·cyte

(lim'fŏ-sīt)
A thymocyte-derived lymphocyte of immunologic importance that is responsible for cell-mediated immunity. These cells have the characteristic T3 surface marker and may be further divided into subsets according to function, such as helper, suppressor, and cytotoxic.
See also: B lymphocyte
Synonym(s): T cell.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

T cell

One of the two broad categories of LYMPHOCYTE, the other being the B cell group. Subsets of T cells with different functions include cytotoxic T cells (CD8+ T cells) which destroy tumour cells and cells infected with viruses; helper T cells (CD4+ T cells) which assist the immune response, and are a target of HIV infection; REGULATORY T CELLS, formerly called suppressor T cells, which are essential for the maintenance of immunological tolerance; and natural Killer T cells (NKT cells).
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

T cell

A type of white blood cell produced in the thymus gland that regulates the immune system's response to diseased or malignant cells. It is possible that a subcategory of T cells known as CD4 cells plays a role in Ménière's disease.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

T lym·pho·cyte

(lim'fŏ-sīt)
Lymphocyte formed in bone marrow from which it migrates to thymic cortex to become an immunologically competent cell.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about T cell

Q. How are cancer cells similar to normal cells, and how are they different? I know that a similarity would be cells regenerate, and a difference would be cancer cells grow uncontrollably. Is there anything else?

A. I learned a lot of new things from the answers. Thanks.

Q. what is difference between normal cell and a cell infected with cancer?

A. Malignant cells (cancerous cells, which is the correct term, since cancer isn't transmitted from cell to cell like microbes), are immortalized cells: the life span of each cell in our body is tightly regulated according to the body's needs, so cells don't multiply endlessly and eventually undergo programmed death (called apoptosis). Cancerous cells succeed to overcome this regulation, and therefore become immortalized: either excessive multiplication or avoidance of death.

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A. You need to have your own self examination, which you can get guidance from doctor and all the tests which you already had and the tests which you are awaiting. Like you may have clinical examination, mammograms- which you already had, breast biopsy, ultrasonography, post biopsy pathology test, HER-2 gene test to find the speed of your tumor growth. Tests to check cancer spread – like lymph, bone, liver and lungs whose results you are waiting for.

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