Definition of dendritic cell
: any of various antigen-presenting cells with long irregular processes
First Known Use of dendritic cell
Medical Definition of dendritic cell
: any of various antigen-presenting cells with long irregular processes Dendritic cells play a key role in activating an immune response—whether against a foreign microbe or a damaged body cell …—Patrick Barry, Science News, 11 Aug. 2007 Dendritic cells' key role in priming the immune system gives them formidable potential as therapeutic vaccines for fighting cancers and viruses such as HIV.—Scientific American, December 2004
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