interleukin 1

[ in-ter-loo-kin ]
/ ˈɪn tərˌlu kɪn /

noun Immunology.

any of several proteins released from certain cells, especially macrophages, and having various effects on the activity of other cells, as promoting inflammation or enhancing T-cell proliferation. Abbreviation: IL-1

Nearby words

  1. interleaf,
  2. interleague,
  3. interleave,
  4. interleaving,
  5. interleukin,
  6. interleukin 2,
  7. interleukin 3,
  8. interleukin-1,
  9. interleukin-2,
  10. interleukin-3

Origin of interleukin 1

1979; inter- + leuk(ocyte) + -in2; so called because such proteins act as agents of communication between different populations of leukocytes

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