Leucocyte

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Leucocytes[edit]

Leucocytes or leukocytes, colloquially known as white blood cells (WBCs), are clear, colorless cells that circulate in the blood and lymph and are integral part of the immune system.[1]

There are two lymphoid tissue types: Primary Lymphoid tissues, comprising the bone marrow and thymus where leucocytes are synthesized[2]

Secondary lymphoid tissues, comprising the spleen, lymph nodes and mucosa associated lymphoid tissues (MALT)[2]

Secondary lymphoid tissues contain the mature leucocytes that react to infection, triggering an immune response[2].

There are multiple forms of leucocyte.

References[edit]

  1. http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/leucocyte
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Male, D (2007), Immunology, Milton Keynes, The Open University/Milton Keynes, The Open University 


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