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Granulocyte

Glossary

granulocyte

A type of immune cell that has granules (small particles) with enzymes that are released during infections, allergic reactions, and asthma. Neutrophils, eosinophils, and basophils are granulocytes. A granulocyte is a type of white blood cell. Also called granular leukocyte, PMN, and polymorphonuclear leukocyte.

Last updated: 2014-11-05

Source: The National Cancer Institute's Dictionary of Cancer Terms (http://www.cancer.gov/dictionary)