interleukin

noun
in·​ter·​leu·​kin | \ ˌin-tər-ˈlü-kən How to pronounce interleukin (audio) \

Definition of interleukin

: 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

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Their movements are marshaled by signaling chemicals, such as the interleukins, which tell cells where and when to fight and when to stand down. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "The Messy Facts about Diet and Inflammation," 1 Jan. 2018 And so early efforts centered on making sure the gas tank was filled—priming the immune system with cytokines (such as the interleukins) or with immune-signaling proteins like interferon to rev up the tumor-fighting response. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "The Secret to Cancer Treatment May Be In Our Guts," 3 Nov. 2017 Convinced his patient would not survive another day, a frantic Grupp got rushed lab results that suggested a surge of interleukin 6 was causing her immune system to relentlessly hammer her body. Laurie Mcginley, Alaska Dispatch News, "First gene therapy – ‘a true living drug’ – on the cusp of FDA approval," 13 July 2017 Convinced his patient would not survive another day, a frantic Grupp got rushed lab results that suggested a surge of interleukin 6 was causing her immune system to relentlessly hammer her body. Laurie Mcginley, Alaska Dispatch News, "First gene therapy – ‘a true living drug’ – on the cusp of FDA approval," 13 July 2017 Convinced his patient would not survive another day, a frantic Grupp got rushed lab results that suggested a surge of interleukin 6 was causing her immune system to relentlessly hammer her body. Laurie Mcginley, Alaska Dispatch News, "First gene therapy – ‘a true living drug’ – on the cusp of FDA approval," 13 July 2017 Convinced his patient would not survive another day, a frantic Grupp got rushed lab results that suggested a surge of interleukin 6 was causing her immune system to relentlessly hammer her body. Laurie Mcginley, Alaska Dispatch News, "First gene therapy – ‘a true living drug’ – on the cusp of FDA approval," 13 July 2017 Convinced his patient would not survive another day, a frantic Grupp got rushed lab results that suggested a surge of interleukin 6 was causing her immune system to relentlessly hammer her body. Laurie Mcginley, Washington Post, "First gene therapy — ‘a true living drug’ — on the cusp of FDA approval," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of interleukin

1979, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for interleukin

inter- + leuk- + -in entry 1

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interleukin

noun
in·​ter·​leu·​kin | \ ˌin-tər-ˈlü-kən How to pronounce interleukin (audio) \

Medical Definition of interleukin

: 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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