interferon

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noun in·ter·fer·on \ˌin-tə(r)-ˈfir-ˌän\

Definition of interferon

  1. :  any of a group of heat-stable soluble basic antiviral glycoprotein cytokines of low molecular weight that are produced by cells exposed usually to the action of a virus, sometimes to the action of another intracellular parasite (such as a bacterium), or experimentally to the action of some chemicals

Origin and Etymology of interferon

interfere + 2-on


First Known Use: 1957


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interferon

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noun in·ter·fer·on \ˌint-ə(r)-ˈfi(ə)r-ˌän\

Medical Definition of interferon

  1. :  any of a group of heat-stable soluble basic antiviral glycoproteins of low molecular weight that are produced usually by cells exposed to the action of a virus, sometimes to the action of another intracellular parasite (as a bacterium), or experimentally to the action of some chemicals, and that include some used medically as antiviral or antineoplastic agents—see alpha interferon, beta interferon, gamma interferon


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