interleukin-1

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in·​ter·​leu·​kin-1 | \ ˌin-tər-ˈlü-kən-ˈwən How to pronounce interleukin-1 (audio) \

Definition of interleukin-1

: an interleukin produced especially by monocytes and macrophages that regulates immune responses by activating lymphocytes and mediates other biological processes (such as the onset of fever) usually associated with infection and inflammation abbreviation IL-1

Examples of interleukin-1 in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Apart from a surge in interleukin-6, the body may also show high swirling levels of molecules called interleukin-1, interferon-gamma, C-reactive protein and tumor necrosis factor-alpha. Apoorva Mandavilli, New York Times, "The Coronavirus Patients Betrayed by Their Own Immune Systems," 1 Apr. 2020

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1979, in the meaning defined above

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“Interleukin-1.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interleukin-1. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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interleukin-1

noun
\ -ˈwən How to pronounce interleukin-1 (audio) \

Medical Definition of interleukin-1

: an interleukin produced especially by monocytes and macrophages that regulates cell-mediated and humoral immune responses by activating lymphocytes and mediates other biological processes (as the onset of fever) usually associated with infection and inflammation abbreviation IL-1

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