tumor necrosis factor

noun

Definition of tumor necrosis factor 

: a protein that is produced chiefly by monocytes and macrophages in response especially to endotoxins and that mediates inflammation and induces the destruction of some tumor cells and the activation of white blood cells

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The vaccine, according to the researchers, helps the body boost production of tumor necrosis factor, a hormone especially beneficial to Type 1 diabetics. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Common vaccine may reverse advanced diabetes cases, study finds," 21 June 2018 The researchers injected some of the mice with the cytokines interleukin-1 beta and tumor necrosis factor. Tim Hornyak, Scientific American, "Could Future Nerve Implants Detect and Monitor Illness?," 10 May 2018 In the new study, MacKenzie’s team found that T cells in the preterm infants secrete two molecules, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α and interferon-γ, which are churned out when T cells get activated. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "Could out-of-whack fetal immune systems prompt preterm labor?," 25 Apr. 2018 This blocks the action of an inflammatory protein called tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF alpha) in order to stop the immune system from attacking the colon wall. Leah Schaffer, CNN, "This is why a third of antidepressants are prescribed for something else," 19 Dec. 2017

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tumor necrosis factor

noun

Medical Definition of tumor necrosis factor 

: a protein that is produced chiefly by monocytes and macrophages in response especially to endotoxins, that mediates inflammation, and that induces the destruction of some tumor cells and the activation of white blood cells abbreviation TNF

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