Langerhans' cellsmedical dictionary

Dendritic clear cell's in the epidermis, containing distinctive granules that appear rod-or racket-shaped in section, but lacking tonofilaments, melanosomes, and desmosomes; they carry surface receptors for immunoglobulin (Fc) and complement (C3), and are believed to be antigen fixing and processing cell's of monocytic origin; active participants in cutaneous delayed hypersensitivity.

(05 Mar 2000)