Lymphokine meaning

lĭmfə-kīn
Any of various soluble substances, released by sensitized lymphocytes on contact with specific antigens, that act by stimulating activity of monocytes and macrophages.
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Any of various soluble proteins, as interferon, that are secreted by T cells interacting with an antigen and that help fight infection.
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Any of various cytokines that are released by activated lymphocytes and regulate many aspects of the immune response.
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Any of various cytokines released by T cells that have been activated by specific antigens. Lymphokines act as mediators in the immune response by activating macrophages and stimulating lymphocyte production. Interferon is a lymphokine.
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(biochemistry) Any of a group of cytokines produced by lymphocytes.
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Origin of lymphokine

  • lympho– Greek kīnein to move kinin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition