HIV/AIDS Glossary

Memory Lymphocyte

Synonym(s): Memory Cell

A type of lymphocyte. Memory lymphocytes can recognize an antigen introduced into the body during a prior infection or vaccination. Memory lymphocytes mount a rapid and strong immune response when exposed to an antigen for a second time. Both T lymphocytes (T cells) and B lymphocytes (B cells) can become memory cells.

Related Term(s): Antigen, B Lymphocyte, Lymphocyte, T Lymphocyte

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