Glossary of Medical Terms
A protein on the surface of some cells that binds to biologic substance called stem cell factor (SCF). SCF causes certain types of blood cells to grow. The c-kit receptor is found at high levels or in a changed form on some types of cancer cells. This may cause these cells to grow rapidly when SCF is present. The c-kit receptor is a type of receptor tyrosine kinase. Also called stem cell factor receptor.