Langerhans cell

noun

Lang·​er·​hans cell ˈläŋ-ər-ˌhän(t)s- How to pronounce Langerhans cell (audio)
: a cell found in the epidermis that functions as an antigen-presenting cell which binds antigen entering through the skin

Word History

Etymology

Paul Langerhans †1888 German physician

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Langerhans cell was in 1890

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Cite this Entry

“Langerhans cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Langerhans%20cell. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

Langerhans cell

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