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tumor necrosis factor

tumor necrosis factor

noun

Definition of TUMOR NECROSIS FACTOR

:  a protein that is produced chiefly by monocytes and macrophages in response especially to endotoxins and that mediates inflammation and induces the destruction of some tumor cells and the activation of white blood cells

First Known Use of TUMOR NECROSIS FACTOR

1975

tumor necrosis factor

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TUMOR NECROSIS FACTOR

:  a protein that is produced chiefly by monocytes and macrophages in response especially to endotoxins, that mediates inflammation, and that induces the destruction of some tumor cells and the activation of white blood cells—abbreviation TNF

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