interleukin

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in·ter·leu·kin

noun \ˌin-tər-ˈlü-kən\

Definition of INTERLEUKIN

:  any of various cytokines of low molecular weight that are produced by lymphocytes, macrophages, and monocytes and that function especially in regulation of the immune system and especially cell-mediated immunity

Origin of INTERLEUKIN

inter- + leuk- + 1-in
First Known Use: 1979

in·ter·leu·kin

noun \ˌin-tər-ˈlü-kən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INTERLEUKIN

: any of various compounds of low molecular weight that are produced by lymphocytes, macrophages, and monocytes and that function especially in regulation of the immune system and especially cell-mediated immunity

interleukin

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of a class of naturally occurring proteins important in regulation of lymphocyte function. Several known types are recognized as crucial constituents of the body's immune system (see immunity). Antigens and microbes stimulate production of interleukins, which induce production of various types of lymphocytes in a complex series of reactions that ensure a plentiful supply of T cells that fight specific infectious agents.

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