cytokine

/ (ˈsaɪtəʊˌkaɪn) /

noun

any of various proteins, secreted by cells, that carry signals to neighbouring cells. Cytokines include interferon
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Medicine definitions for cytokine

cytokine

[ sītə-kīn′ ]

n.

Any of several nonantibody proteins, such as lymphokines, that are released by a cell population on contact with a specific antigen and act as intercellular mediators, as in the generation of an immune response.
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Science definitions for cytokine

cytokine

[ sītə-kīn′ ]

Any of several regulatory proteins, such as the interleukins and lymphokines, that are released by cells of the immune system and act as intercellular mediators in the generation of an immune response. Also called chemokine
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