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interleukin 3

noun, Immunology.
a lymphokine protein, secreted by T cells, that participates in the regulation of blood-cell production.
Abbreviation: IL-3.
Origin of interleukin 3
First recorded in 1980-85; See origin at interleukin 1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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interleukin-3 in Medicine

interleukin-3 n.
Abbr. IL-3
A lymphokine, released by helper T cells in response to an antigen or mitogen, that stimulates the growth of blood stem cells and lymphoid cells such as macrophages and mast cells.

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