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glossary:cytotoxic_t_cells [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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|+||(1) A type of [[white blood cells|white blood cell]] that can directly destroy specific cells. T cells can be separated from other [[blood cell]]s, grown in the laboratory, and then given to a patient to destroy [[tumor]] cells. Certain [[cytokines]] can also be given to a patient to help form cytotoxic T cells in the patient's body.|
|+||(2) Any of various large differentiated T cells that recognize and lyse target cells bearing a specific foreign [[antigen]], usually by infection with a [[virus]], and that also function in defense against [[cancer]] cells. Also called cytotoxic T cell, killer T cell.|