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cytokine

noun cy·to·kine \ˈsī-tə-ˌkīn\

Definition of CYTOKINE

:  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

cytokine

noun cy·to·kine \ˈsīt-ə-ˌkīn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CYTOKINE

:  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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