interleukin-6

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in·​ter·​leu·​kin-6 | \ ˌin-tər-ˈlü-kən-ˈsiks How to pronounce interleukin-6 (audio) \

Definition of interleukin-6

: an interleukin that is produced by various cells (such as macrophages, fibroblasts, T cells, and tumor cells) and that induces the maturation of B cells and growth of myeloma cells, activates and induces the proliferation of T cells, stimulates synthesis of plasma proteins (such as fibrinogen), and plays a role in producing fever Last year, researchers discovered that older women who were socially active had lower levels of interleukin-6, a substance linked to chronic inflammation that is found at high levels in people with Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, and cancer.— Andrew Weil abbreviation IL-6

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1987, in the meaning defined above

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27 Apr 2020

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“Interleukin-6.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interleukin-6. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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interleukin-6

noun
\ -ˈsiks How to pronounce interleukin-6 (audio) \

Medical Definition of interleukin-6

: an interleukin that is produced by various cells (as macrophages, fibroblasts, T cells, and tumor cells) and that acts as a pyrogen, induces maturation of B cells and growth of myeloma cells, activates and induces proliferation of T cells, and stimulates synthesis of plasma proteins (as fibrinogen) abbreviation IL-6

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