dendritic cell


noun

a branching cell of the lymph nodes, blood, and spleen that functions as a network trapping foreign protein.

Nearby words

  1. dendriform,
  2. dendrimer,
  3. dendrite,
  4. dendritic,
  5. dendritic calculus,
  6. dendritic corneal ulcer,
  7. dendritic keratitis,
  8. dendritic process,
  9. dendritic spine,
  10. dendro-

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Medicine definitions for dendritic cell

dendritic cell

n.

A cell that has branching processes.
Any of the cells in the neural crest of the embryonic ectoderm having extensive processes and developing early as producers of melanin.///A highly specialized white blood cell found in the skin, mucosa, and lymphoid tissues that initiates a primary immune response by activating lymphocytes and secreting cytokines.
follicular dendritic cell

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Science definitions for dendritic cell

dendritic cell

[ dĕn-drĭtĭk ]

A highly specialized white blood cell found in the skin, mucosa, and lymphoid tissues that initiates a primary immune response by activating lymphocytes and secreting cytokines.
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