autocrine hypothesis

n.

The hypothesis that tumor cells containing viral oncogenes may have encoded a growth factor normally produced by other cell types and thereby produce the factor autonomously, leading to uncontrolled proliferation.

Nearby words

  1. autocorrelation,
  2. autocracy,
  3. autocrat,
  4. autocratic,
  5. autocrine,
  6. autocross,
  7. autocue,
  8. autocutie,
  9. autocycle,
  10. autocytolysin


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