a cellular protein produced in response to infection by a virus and acting to inhibit viral growth
Origin of interferoninterfer(e) + -on, arbitrary suffix
- Any of a group of glycoproteins that are produced by different cell types in response to various stimuli, such as exposure to a virus, bacterium, parasite, or other antigen, and that inhibit infection through mechanisms such as preventing viral replication or regulating the immune system.
- Any of a group of synthetic glycoproteins that are structurally similar to these compounds and are used therapeutically, especially as antivirals.
Origin of interferoninterfer(e) -on 3
interfere + -on, from its role interfering with viral replication.