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

Examples of Langerhans cell in a Sentence

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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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“Langerhans cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Langerhans%20cell. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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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