What is the difference between a leukocyte and a lymphocyte?

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Dec 28, 2017


Leukocyte is just another name for white blood cells. On the other , lymphocytes are one of the types of white blood cells or leukocytes.


Leukocytes or white blood cells are divided into two groups on the basis of presences of granules in their cytoplasm.

  1. Granulocytes #to# neutrophils, basophils and eosinophils.
  2. Agranulocytes #to# monocytes and lymphocytes.

So, lymphocytes are one of the five types of WBCs and belong to granular leukocytes.
Lymphocytes mainly constitute T cells, B cells, and natural killer (NK) cells. Their most salient role is in immune system.

Thus we can say: All lymphocytes are leukocytes but all leukocytes are not lymphocytes.

are the T cells, B cells, and natural killer (NK) cells.

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