Definition of Target cell

1. Noun. Any cell that has a specific receptor for an antigen or antibody or hormone or drug, or is the focus of contact by a virus or phagocyte or nerve fiber etc..

Generic synonyms: Somatic Cell, Vegetative Cell

2. Noun. An abnormal red blood cell with the appearance of a dark ring surrounding a dark center; associated with anemia.
Generic synonyms: Erythrocyte, Rbc, Red Blood Cell

Definition of Target cell

1. Noun. any cell having a specific receptor for an antibody, antigen or hormone ¹

2. Noun. an abnormal red blood cell with a ringed appearance, associated with some anemias ¹

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Medical Definition of Target cell

1. An erythrocyte in target cell anaemia, with a dark centre surrounded by a light band that again is encircled by a darker ring; it thus resembles a shooting target; such cell's also appear after splenectomy. A cell lysed by cytotoxic T lymphocytes, as in graft rejection. Synonym: Mexican hat cell. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Target Cell

taret organ
target acquisition system
target area
target audience
target behaviour
target cell (current term)
target cell anaemia
target company
target domain
target gland
target group
target language
target languages
target lesions of liver/spleen
target market
target organ
target patient
target plasma
target practice
target program

Literary usage of Target cell

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1. Molecular Neurobiology: Proceedings of the 2nd NIMH Conference by Steven Zalcman (1995)
"In addition, in the presence of the target, these branches manifest a number of varicosities that are directed to the initial segment of the target cell. ..."

2. Understanding the Immune System by Lydia Woods Schindler (1991)
"Killer cell makes contact with target cell, orients its weapons toward the target, and delivers a burst of lethal chemicals. Phagocytes, Granulocytes ..."

3. Decisive Force: Strategic Bombing in the Gulf War by Richard G. Davis (1998)
"The Iraqi target cell designated its strategic targets individually. ... Thus, the Iraqi target cell held responsibility for planning all bridge attacks ..."

4. Reviews in Environmental Health (1998): Toxicological Defense Mechanics edited by Gary E. R. Hook, George W. Lucier (2000)
"ROS may interact with and modify cellular protein, lipid, and DNA, which results in altered target cell function. The accumulation of oxidative damage has ..."

5. Novel Systems for the Study of Human Disease: From Basic Research to by OECD Staff, (Paris) Organisation for Economic Co-ope (1998)
"It is possible that they arise by different mutational mechanisms, involving different target genes, from the same target cell, or that they arise from ..."

6. The Neuroscience of Mental Health: A Report on Neuroscience Research edited by Stephen H. Koslow (1997)
"Information on target cell selection molecules may also come from in vitro studies in other systems. For example, when pieces of thalamus are cultured with ..."

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