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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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Thymocyte (THY-moh-site)
A type of immune cell that can attack foreign cells, cancer cells, and cells infected with a virus. Thymocytes can also help control immune responses. A thymocyte is a type of white blood cell. Also called T cell and T lymphocyte.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.