alpha interferon

noun

: an interferon produced by white blood cells that inhibits viral replication, suppresses cell proliferation, and regulates immune response and that is used in a form obtained from recombinant DNA to treat various diseases compare beta interferon, gamma interferon

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web An early drug that the company had developed, alpha interferon, was a disappointment, Sato recalls. Scott Kirsner, BostonGlobe.com, 18 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alpha interferon was in 1980

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“Alpha interferon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alpha%20interferon. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

alpha interferon

noun

: an interferon produced by various white blood cells that inhibits viral replication, suppresses cell proliferation, and regulates immune response and that is used in a form obtained from recombinant DNA to treat hairy cell leukemia, AIDS-related Kaposi's sarcoma, condylomata acuminata, and certain chronic hepatitides

called also interferon alpha

compare beta interferon, gamma interferon

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