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Medical Term:

lymphocyte-mediated cytotoxicity


the toxic or lytic activity of lymphocytes; cytotoxic T lymphocytes may cause lysis of cells by production of cytolytic proteins such as perforin. Natural killer cells are cytotoxic without earlier sensitization.

See Also: antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity

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