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 cell; from 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 the lymphocytes that when stimulated by a particular antigen differentiate into plasma cells and that in mammals 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.