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Medical Term:

antigen-presenting cells


Definition: cells that process protein antigens into peptides and present them on their surface in a form that can be recognized by lymphocytes. APCs include Langerhans cells, dendritic cells, macrophages, B cells, and, in humans, activated T cells.

Synonym(s): accessory cell

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