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interleukin 1

[ in-ter-loo-kin ]
/ ˈɪn tərˌlu kɪn /
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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

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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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Medical definitions for interleukin 1

interleukin-1

n.

Any of a group of cytokines, released by macrophages and other cells, that induce the production of interleukin-2 by helper T cells and stimulate the inflammatory response.
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