natural killer cells [also called NK cells]


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(natch-ir-ul kill-ir sellz)

A type of white blood cell that contains granules with enzymes that can kill cancer cells or microbial cells. Also called large granular lymphocytes.

For more information, see Breastcancer.org's Understanding Your Immune System section.

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Audio contributed by: Marisa Weiss, M.D.

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