APC

noun \ ˌā-(ˌ)pē-ˈsē \

Definition of APC

:an armored vehicle used to transport military personnel

Origin and Etymology of apc

armored personnel carrier


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APC

noun \ ˌā-ˌpē-ˈsē \

medical Definition of APC

:a tumor suppressor gene that in a defective form tends to be associated with a high risk of colorectal cancer
  • Germ-line APC mutations give rise to familial adenomatous polyposis, an inherited cancer-predisposition syndrome in which more than 100 adenomatous polyps can develop; in carriers of the mutant gene, the risk of colorectal cancer by the age of 40 years is almost 100%.
  • —Sanford D. Markowitz and Monica M. BertagnolliThe New England Journal of Medicine17 Dec. 2009

APC

abbreviation

medical Definition of APC

1 antigen-presenting cell
  • When a T cell binds to such an APC, the T cell multiplies and launches an attack on cells that display the telltale protein-MHC complex—cells infected by a virus, foreign skin cells, or whatever.
  • —Sarah RichardsonDiscoverApril 1996
2 aspirin, phenacetin, and caffeine
  • The now-banned ingredient phenacetin, once widely used in APC (aspirin-phenacetin-caffeine) tablets, was found to contribute heavily to kidney disease.
  • —Melva WeberVogueMarch 1985

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