Helper-t-cell definition

Any of the T cells that carry the CD4 glycoprotein receptor on their surface and that when stimulated by foreign antigens release lymphokines that promote the activation and function of B cells and killer T cells.
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A type of T cell that helps coordinate the immune response, especially by activating B cells: the AIDS virus targets and destroys these T cells.
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Any of a class of T cells that are activated by interacting with antigen-presenting cells, such as dendritic cells, and then function to activate other cells of the immune system, including B cells, cytotoxic T lymphocytes, and phagocytes. Activated helper T cells usually have CD4 receptors on the surface.
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Any of various T cells that, when stimulated by a specific antigen, release lymphokines that promote the activation and function of B cells and killer T cells.
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Noun

Singular:
helper-t-cell
Plural:
helper T cells