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[loo-kuh-sit] /ˈlu kəˌsɪt/
noun, Immunology
Also, leucocyte.
Origin of leukocyte
1865-70; leuko- + -cyte
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[loo-kuh-sit-ik] /ˌlu kəˈsɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for leukocytes
  • Stabbing aches deep in her bones, where the marrow was frantically cranking out white cells, or leukocytes.
  • Even blood components that have been filtered to remove donor white cells can have millions of leukocytes per unit.
  • The monkeys are challenged with virus rather than bodily fluids teeming with infected leukocytes.
  • The primary infection-fighting units are two types of white blood cells: lymphocytes and leukocytes.
  • Most leukocytes are made in the bone marrow and are found in the blood and lymph tissue.
Word Origin and History for leukocytes



also leucocyte, 1860, via French leucocyte, from Greek leuko-, comb. form of leukos "white" (see light (n.)) + -cyte (see cyto-).

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leukocytes in Medicine

leukocyte leu·ko·cyte or leu·co·cyte (lōō'kə-sīt')
See white blood cell.

leu'ko·cyt'ic (-sĭt'ĭk) adj.
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leukocytes in Science
leukocyte also leucocyte
See white blood cell.
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