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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Receptor c-kit

C-kit receptor ( reh-SEP-ter)
A protein on the surface of some cells that binds to stem cell factor (a substance that causes certain types of cells to grow). Altered forms of this receptor may be associated with some types of cancer. Also called stem cell factor receptor.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.