antigen-presenting cell

noun an·ti·gen-pre·sent·ing cell \ ˈan-ti-jən-pri-ˈzen-tiŋ- , -ˌjen- \

Definition of antigen-presenting cell

: any of various cells (such as a macrophage or a B cell) that take up an antigen and process it into a form recognized by and serving to activate a specific helper T cell

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1975

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antigen-presenting cell

noun

medical Definition of antigen-presenting cell

: any of various cells (as a macrophage or a B cell) that take up and process an antigen into a form that when displayed at the cell surface in combination with a molecule of the major histocompatibility complex is recognized by and serves to activate a specific helper T cell

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