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interleukin 2

Immunology. a lymphokine protein, secreted by T cells in response to antigen and interleukin 1, that stimulates the proliferation of T cells.
Pharmacology. a form of this protein produced by genetic engineering and used experimentally in immunotherapy.
Abbreviation: IL-2.
Compare LAK cell.
Origin of interleukin 2
First recorded in 1980-85; See origin at interleukin 1 Unabridged
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interleukin-2 in Medicine

interleukin-2 n.
Abbr. IL-2
A lymphokine that is released by helper T cells in response to an antigen and interleukin-1 and stimulates the proliferation of helper T cells.

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