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cytokine

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noun cy·to·kine \ˈsī-tə-ˌkīn\

Definition of cytokine

  1. :  any of a class of immunoregulatory proteins (as interleukin or interferon) that are secreted by cells especially of the immune system



Origin of cytokine

cyt- + -kine (as in lymphokine)


First Known Use: 1979


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cytokine

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noun cy·to·kine \ˈsīt-ə-ˌkīn\

Medical Definition of cytokine

  1. :  any of a class of immunoregulatory proteins (as interleukin, tumor necrosis factor, and interferon) that are secreted by cells especially of the immune system




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