Interferon meaning

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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.
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A cellular protein produced in response to infection by a virus and acting to inhibit viral growth.
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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.
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Any of a group of synthetic glycoproteins that are structurally similar to these compounds and are used therapeutically, especially as antivirals.
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Any of a group of glycoproteins that are involved in blocking viral replication in newly infected cells and are cytokines that modulate the body's immune response. Alpha interferon is used a treatment for viral hepatitis and certain cancers, such as leukemia. Beta interferon is used as a treatment for some types of multiple sclerosis.
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(biochemistry) Any of a group of glycoproteins, produced by the immune system, that prevent viral replication in infected cells.
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Origin of interferon

  • interfer(e) –on
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • interfere +‎ -on, from its role interfering with viral replication.
    From Wiktionary