chemokine

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noun che·mo·kine \-ˈkīn\

Definition of chemokine

  1. :  any of a group of cytokines produced by various cells (as at sites of inflammation) that stimulate chemotaxis in white blood cells (such as neutrophils and T cells)

Origin and Etymology of chemokine

chem- + -kine (as in cytokine)


First Known Use: 1992


Medical Dictionary

chemokine

noun che·mo·kine \-ˈkīn\

Medical Definition of chemokine

  1. :  any of a group of chemotactic cytokines that are produced by various cells (as at sites of inflammation), that are thought to provide directional cues for the movement of white blood cells (as T cells, monocytes, and neutrophils), and that include some playing a role in HIV infection because the cell surface receptors to which they bind are also used by specific strains of HIV for entry into cells


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