# What is the difference between a leukocyte and a lymphocyte?

Dec 28, 2017

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

#### Explanation:

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.

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