chemokine


che·mo·kine

noun \-ˈkīn\

Definition of CHEMOKINE

:  any of a group of cytokines produced by various cells (as at sites of inflammation) that stimulate chemotaxis in white blood cells (as neutrophils and T cells)

Origin of CHEMOKINE

chem- + -kine (as in cytokine)
First Known Use: 1992

che·mo·kine

noun \-ˈkīn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CHEMOKINE

: any of a group of chemotactic cytokines that are produced by various cells (as at sites of inflammation), that are thought to provide directional cues for the movement of white blood cells (as T cells, monocytes, and neutrophils), and that include some playing a role in HIV infection because the cell surface receptors to which they bind are also used by specific strains of HIV for entry into cells

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