plasma cell

Pronunciation: (PLAZ-muh sel)

A type of immune cell that makes large amounts of a specific antibody. Plasma cells develop from B cells that have been activated. A plasma cell is a type of white blood cell. Also called plasmacyte.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Blood cell development. A blood stem cell goes through several steps to become a red blood cell, platelet, or white blood cell.

Date last modified: 2009-02-05