Also known as: 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.
See Related Term(s): Antigen, B Lymphocyte, Lymphocyte, T Lymphocyte