Pyrogen definition

pīrə-jən
A substance that produces fever.
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(med.) A substance that produces fever.
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A substance that produces fever.
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(medicine) Any substance that produces fever, or a rise in body temperature.
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A polypeptide that produces fever by causing metabolic changes in the hypothalamus. Pyrogens are either exogenous (produced by infectious agents) or endogenous (produced by cells in the body such as macrophages).
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pyrogen
Plural:
pyrogens

Origin of pyrogen

  • pyro- +"Ž -gen

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