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 prevent viral replication in newly infected cells and, in some cases, modulate specific cellular functions.
Origin of interferoninterfer(e) + –on3.
interfere + -on, from its role interfering with viral replication.