gamma interferon

noun

Definition of gamma interferon

:an interferon that is produced by T cells, regulates the immune response, and in a form produced by recombinant DNA technology is used especially to control infections due to inability of white blood cells to destroy certain bacteria and fungi — compare alpha interferon, beta interferon

First Known Use of gamma interferon

1980


Medical Dictionary

gamma interferon

noun

medical Definition of gamma interferon

:an interferon produced by T cells that regulates the immune response (as by the activation of macrophages and natural killer cells) and is used in a form obtained from recombinant DNA in the control of infections associated with chronic granulomatous disease and sometimes in the treatment of other conditions (as basal cell carcinoma, Bowenoid papulosis, leukemia, or rheumatoid arthritis) called also interferon gamma; compare alpha interferon, beta interferon

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