Granulocyte - Definition

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Granulocytes are a type of white blood cell. They are divided into three categories: neutrophil, basophil, and eosinophil. These white blood cells intervene when the body is affected by allergic reactions or immune attacks by absorbing and thus destroying bacteria, for example. It is because of these functions, as well as the fact that they do not act on only one virus, that their use in treatment for certain types of cancer (by granulocyte transfusion from a donor) is currently being experimented in human subjects.