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

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An early drug that the company had developed, alpha interferon, was a disappointment, Sato recalls. Scott Kirsner, BostonGlobe.com, "It’s kind of amazing that Biogen is here for its 40th anniversary," 18 May 2018

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1980, in the meaning defined above

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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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