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cachectin

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noun ca·chec·tin \ kə-ˈkek-tən, ka- \

medical Definition of cachectin

:tumor necrosis factor
  • In 1985 a New York research group identified a protein, which they called cachectin, that causes emaciation in many patients with chronic infections or cancer. Shortly afterward, another group realized that cachectin was identical to tumor necrosis factor, a cancer-fighting substance manufactured by the cells of the immune system.
  • —Gordon Bakoulis BlochDiscoverApril 1990

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