Term: thymus lymphocyte
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Name: thymus
Definition: Paired organ where maturation of T-lymphocytes occurs. The adult thymus located on the dorsomedial aspect of the branchial cavity above the third pharyngeal cartilage. The thymus undergoes a period of rapid growth beginning at about the third week and continuing for several more weeks. Accompanying this growth is a dramatic change in the shape of the thymus. It is ovoid initially and then starts to grow dorsally along the skull, forming a characteristic protrusion. During this growth period the adult pattern of rag1-positive cortex and rag1-negative medulla becomes established. The protrusions diminish with age and the thymus gradually shrinks; at two years, the thymus is again confined to the pharynx with minimal if any protrusion.
Ontology: Anatomy Ontology [ZFA:0001078]
Name: lymphocyte
Synonyms: lymphocytes
Definition: A cell of the B cell, T cell, or natural killer cell lineage.
Ontology: Anatomy Ontology [ZFA:0009250]