NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 7,777 terms related to cancer and medicine.

Browse the dictionary by selecting a letter of the alphabet or by entering a cancer-related word or phrase in the search box.

Reed-Sternberg cell
(reed-STERN-berg sel)
A type of cell that appears in people with Hodgkin disease. The number of these cells increases as the disease advances.

EnlargeReed-Sternberg cell; photograph shows normal lymphocytes compared with a Reed-Sternberg cell.

Reed-Sternberg cell. Reed-Sternberg cells are large, abnormal lymphocytes that may contain more than one nucleus. These cells are found in Hodgkin lymphoma.