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antigen–presenting cell

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noun an·ti·gen–pre·sent·ing cell \ˈan-ti-jən-pri-ˈzen-tiŋ-, -ˌjen-\

Definition of antigen–presenting cell

  1. :  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



1975

First Known Use of antigen–presenting cell

1975


Medical Dictionary

antigen–presenting cell

noun an·ti·gen–pre·sent·ing cell

Medical Definition of antigen–presenting cell

  1. :  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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