lymphokine

noun
lym·​pho·​kine | \ ˈlim(p)-fə-ˌkīn How to pronounce lymphokine (audio) \

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

First Known Use of lymphokine

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lymphokine

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

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“Lymphokine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lymphokine. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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lymphokine

noun
lym·​pho·​kine | \ ˈlim(p)-fə-ˌkīn How to pronounce lymphokine (audio) \

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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