Definition of dendritic cell
: any of various antigen-presenting cells with long irregular processes
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Medical Definition of dendritic cell
: any of various antigen-presenting cells with long irregular processes <Dendritic cells play a key role in activating an immune response—whether against a foreign microbe or a damaged body cell …—Patrick Barry, Science News, 11 Aug. 2007> <Dendritic cells' key role in priming the immune system gives them formidable potential as therapeutic vaccines for fighting cancers and viruses such as HIV.—Scientific American, December 2004>
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