interleukin

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noun in·ter·leu·kin \ˌin-tər-ˈlü-kən\

Definition of interleukin

  1. :  any of various cytokines of low molecular weight that are produced by lymphocytes, macrophages, and monocytes and that function especially in regulation of the immune system and especially cell-mediated immunity

Origin and Etymology of interleukin

inter- + leuk- + 1-in


First Known Use: 1979


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interleukin

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noun in·ter·leu·kin \ˌin-tər-ˈlü-kən\

Medical Definition of interleukin

  1. :  any of various compounds of low molecular weight that are produced by lymphocytes, macrophages, and monocytes and that function especially in regulation of the immune system and especially cell-mediated immunity


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