name: lymphocyte differentiation
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def: "The process in which a relatively unspecialized precursor cell acquires specialized features of a lymphocyte. A lymphocyte is a leukocyte commonly found in the blood and lymph that has the characteristics of a large nucleus, a neutral staining cytoplasm, and prominent heterochromatin." [CL:0000542, GOC:go_curators]
comment: Note that immunologists typically use the word 'development' to refer to cells of B or T cell lineages undergoing the process that GO describes as 'cell differentiation'.
synonym: "lymphocyte cell differentiation" EXACT 
synonym: "lymphocyte development" RELATED [GOC:add]
synonym: "lymphocytic blood cell differentiation" EXACT 
is_a: GO:0046649 ! lymphocyte activation
is_a: GO:1903131 ! mononuclear cell differentiation
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