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  K cell



K cell

    An effector lymphocyte with Fc receptors which allow it to bind to and kill antibody-coated target cells.

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White blood cell. Lymphocytes have a number of roles in the immune system, including antibody production, attacking and destroying cancer cells, and producing substances that kill cancer cells.

Receptors
Areas on the outer part of a cell that allow the cell to join or bind with insulin that is in the blood.



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An inflammation of the cornea often caused by a virus or bacteria. Scarring and loss of vision may result.

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K cell

Killer T cell
A T cell with a particular immune specificity and an endogenously produced receptor for antigen, capable of specifically killing its target cell after attachment to the target cell by this receptor. Also called cytotoxic T cell.

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