Origin and Etymology of chemokine
chem- + -kine (as in cytokine)
First Known Use: 1992
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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