antigen-presenting cell

n.

A cell, originating in the bone marrow and subsequently found as a dendritic cell in various locations, that facilitates the immune response by holding antigens on its surface and presenting them to lymphocytes.

Nearby words

  1. antigay,
  2. antigen,
  3. antigen excess,
  4. antigen unit,
  5. antigen-antibody reaction,
  6. antigenemia,
  7. antigenic,
  8. antigenic determinant,
  9. antigenic shift,
  10. antigenicity


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