interferon

noun in·ter·fer·on \ ˌin-tər-ˈfir-ˌän , ˌin-tə- \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of interferon

: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


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interferon

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

medical Definition of interferon

: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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