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 Dictionary entry overview: What does white blood cell mean? 

  The noun WHITE BLOOD CELL has 1 sense:

1. blood cells that engulf and digest bacteria and fungi; an important part of the body's defense system

  Familiarity information: WHITE BLOOD CELL used as a noun is very rare.

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Sense 1white blood cell [BACK TO TOP]


Blood cells that engulf and digest bacteria and fungi; an important part of the body's defense system

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Nouns denoting body parts


leucocyte; leukocyte; WBC; white blood cell; white blood corpuscle; white cell; white corpuscle

Hypernyms ("white blood cell" is a kind of...):

blood cell; blood corpuscle; corpuscle (either of two types of cells (erythrocytes and leukocytes) and sometimes including platelets)

free phagocyte (a phagocyte that circulates in the blood)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "white blood cell"):

myelocyte (an immature leukocyte normally found in bone marrow)

myeloblast (a precursor of leukocytes that normally occurs only in bone marrow)

lymph cell; lymphocyte (an agranulocytic leukocyte that normally makes up a quarter of the white blood cell count but increases in the presence of infection)

granulocyte (a leukocyte that has granules in its cytoplasm)

monocyte (a type of granular leukocyte that functions in the ingestion of bacteria)

basophil; basophile (a leukocyte with basophilic granules easily stained by basic stains)

neutrophil; neutrophile (the chief phagocytic leukocyte; stains with either basic or acid dyes)

eosinophil; eosinophile (a leukocyte readily stained with eosin)

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