ca·​chec·​tin kə-ˈkek-tən, ka- How to pronounce cachectin (audio)
: 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 Bloch, Discover

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“Cachectin.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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