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White blood cells

Introduction: White blood cells

A variety of different "white" blood cells perform various functions related to the immune system. In simple terms, T-cells help detect and destroy harmful or virus-infected cells, and B-cells produce antibodies that bind to bacteria, or other antigens.

Article Excerpts about White blood cells

White blood cells (also called WBCs or leukocytes ) help the body fight infections and other diseases. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Leukemia: NCI)

Summary Information: White blood cells

White blood cells: White blood cells are one cellular component of blood and are found through the body, especially in the lymphatic system, as well as in the blood. White blood cells are a part of the immune system and have an important role in protecting the body against infection from pathogens and potentially harmful foreign substances. White blood cells can move out of the blood and into the tissues through a process called diaphedesis to fight local sites of infection and prevent its spread. White blood cells are produced in the bone marrow, except some lymphocytes, which are produced by lymphatic tissue.

The two main groups of white blood cells are the granulocytes and agranulocytes. There are five primary types of white blood cells: neutrophils, eosinophils, basophils, lymphocytes, and monocytes.

Conditions that can afflict the white blood cells include leukemia, leukopenia, hypothyroidism, idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome, lymphocytic leukocytosis, lymphocytopenia, HIV, neutropenia, and chemotherapy.

Closely Related Organs: White blood cells

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Conditions Afflicting Organs: White blood cells

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Other Names: White blood cells

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Sub Parts: White blood cells

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Symptoms Related to Afflictions of: White blood cells

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Condition count: 5 ; see list below.

Organ subtypes: lymphocytes, granulocytes, monocytes, T-cells, B-cells

Organ types: Blood (59), Blood cells (14), Immune system (145)

Related organs: immune system (145), blood vessels (57), red blood cells (6), artery (22), vein (7)

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