lymphokine

noun lym·pho·kine \ ˈlim(p)-fə-ˌkīn \

Definition of lymphokine

: any of various substances (such as interleukin-2) of low molecular weight that are not antibodies, are secreted by T cells in response to stimulation by antigens, and have a role (such as the activation of macrophages or the enhancement or inhibition of antibody production) in cell-mediated immunity

Origin and Etymology of lymphokine

lymph- + -kine, from Greek kinein to move about — more at -kinesis


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lymphokine

noun lym·pho·kine \ ˈlim(p)-fə-ˌkīn \

medical Definition of lymphokine

: any of various substances (as an interleukin) of low molecular weight that are not antibodies, are secreted by T cells in response to stimulation by antigens, and have a role (as the activation of macrophages or the enhancement or inhibition of antibody production) in cell-mediated immunity

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