White Blood Cells
White blood cells, also known as leukocytes, are cells which help your body to fight infection and respond to inflammation. When a foreign virus or bacteria enters your body, your white blood cells recognise and destroy it before it can do you any harm. As part of your full blood count, you will receive a breakdown of the following types of white blood cells in your blood sample:
Neutrophils are the most abundant type of white blood cell in your blood. They primarily help to defend your body against bacterial infections.
Lymphocytes are cells which help to make antibodies and destroy cancer cells.
Monocytes are a type of cell which develop into two different types. Dendritic cells help to identify antigens; Macrophages are involved in your body’s immune response.
Eosinophils help to combat parasitic infections.
Basophils are the least common type of white blood cells, mostly responsible for inflammatory reactions in your body’s immune response.