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Lymphocyte

Lymphocyte

Cell description:

Size: 10-16 µm

Nucleus: round or slightly indented with condensed and cloddy chromatin, usually invisible nucleolus

Cytoplasm: scanty, weakly basophilic, may have small numbers of azurophilic granules

Morphologically functional subset of lymphocytes cannot clearly be distinguished.

Function: recognize and eliminate threats to the body. Lymphocytes of the innate immune system deliver an immediate response to viral attack. Lymphocytes of the adaptive immune system are specific to a particular antigen.