White blood cells


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white blood cells

see LEUCOCYTE.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

White blood cells

A group of several cell types that occur in the bloodstream and are essential for a properly functioning immune system.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Q. can i get a short explanation about white blood cells and their job? what does it mean if i have a insafition

A. White blood cells (WBC's) are the ones responsible for the immune system in the body. The white blood cell count rises in cases of infection, steroid use and other conditions. A low white blood cell count can have many causes, which need to be further evaluated by a doctor.

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In some cases instead of cleaning up and moving on, they stay, and more white blood cells come in behind them.
CANCER PATIENTS ARE OFTEN TREATED WITH CHEMOTHERAPY.THE DRUGS INVOLVED SUPPRESS WHITE BLOOD CELLS, WHICH HELP THE BODY TO FIGHT INFECTION.
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In healthy individuals, the DPF2 protein stops the production of red and white blood cells when they do not need to be replaced.
Cancerous white blood cells can spread to lymph nodes (glands), the liver and spleen.
The work shows that only a bit of creative manipulation is needed to turn skin cells into human white blood cells.
Prolonged fasting forces the body to use stores of glucose and fat but also breaks down a significant portion of white blood cells.
For example, the presence of infections, leukemia, and some particular kinds of cancers can be diagnosed based on the results of the classification and the count of white blood cells. The traditional method for the differential blood count is performed by experienced operators.
Blood samples were analyzed for telomere length of four types of leukocytes (white blood cells), and participants were quarantined for six days.
These cells then present the pieces of HIV to white blood cells, which in turn launch a specific immune response against the virus.
Monocytes are the largest of the white blood cells. They quickly travel to infected areas where they develop into macrophages (which consume foreign material) and signal other immune cells to join.