B cellB cell
any of the lymphocytes not derived from the thymus, that mature in the bone marrow and help to build antibodies
Origin of B cellfrom b(ursa of Fabricius), a structure in birds analogous to the human thymus from Latinized surname of G. Fabrici (1537–1619), Italian anatomist
Any of a class of lymphocytes that, when activated by a specific antigen and usually also by helper T cells, proliferate and differentiate into antibody-secreting plasma cells or memory cells. In mammals, B cells mature in the bone marrow. Also called B lymphocyte .
Origin of B cellb(ursa-dependent) cell after the bursa of Fabricius a gland in birds where the cells mature and the first such tissue found in vertebrates
(plural B cells)
- T cell
From b(ursa) + cell.