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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



dendritic cell  listen  (den-DRIH-tik sel)

  A special type of immune cell that is found in tissues, such as the skin, and boosts immune responses by showing antigens on its surface to other cells of the immune system. A dendritic cell is a type of phagocyte and a type of antigen-presenting cell (APC).