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cachectin

[ kuh-kek-tin ]
/ kəˈkɛk tɪn /
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noun
Biochemistry, Immunology. a protein that is released by activated macrophages as an immune system defense and, when the defense is overwhelmed, is a cause of cachexia or toxic shock: in humans, identical with tumor necrosis factor.
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Origin of cachectin

<Greek kachekt(ikós) unwell (see cachexia, -tic) + -in2
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Medical definitions for cachectin

cachectin
[ kə-kĕktĭn ]

n.
A polypeptide hormone produced by macrophages that releases fat and reduces the concentration of enzymes needed to produce and store fat.
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