alpha interferon

noun

Definition of alpha interferon

: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

First Known Use of alpha interferon

1980


Medical Dictionary

alpha interferon

noun

medical Definition of alpha interferon

: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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