antigen-presenting cell


an·ti·gen–pre·sent·ing cell

noun \ˈan-ti-jən-pri-ˈzen-tiŋ-, -ˌjen-\

Definition of ANTIGEN-PRESENTING CELL

:  any of various cells (as a macrophage or a B cell) that take up an antigen and process it into a form recognized by and serving to activate a specific helper T cell

First Known Use of ANTIGEN-PRESENTING CELL

1975

antigen–presenting cell

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ANTIGEN–PRESENTING CELL

: any of various cells (as a macrophage or a B cell) that take up and process an antigen into a form that when displayed at the cell surface in combination with a molecule of the major histocompatibility complex is recognized by and serves to activate a specific helper T cell

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