Langerhans cell

noun
Lang·​er·​hans cell | \ ˈläŋ-ər-ˌhän(t)s- How to pronounce Langerhans cell (audio) \

Definition of Langerhans cell

: a cell found in the epidermis that functions as an antigen-presenting cell which binds antigen entering through the skin

First Known Use of Langerhans cell

1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Langerhans cell

Paul Langerhans †1888 German physician

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About Langerhans cell

Time Traveler for Langerhans cell

Time Traveler

The first known use of Langerhans cell was in 1890

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near Langerhans cell

Langer

Langerhans cell

Langford

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for Langerhans cell

Cite this Entry

“Langerhans cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Langerhans%20cell. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for Langerhans cell

Langerhans cell

noun
Lang·​er·​hans cell | \ ˈläŋ-ər-ˌhän(t)s- How to pronounce Langerhans cell (audio) \

Medical Definition of Langerhans cell

: a dendritic cell of the interstitial spaces of the mammalian epidermis that functions as an antigen-presenting cell which binds antigen entering through the skin and transports it to the lymph nodes

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!