- Immunology. a lymphokine protein, secreted by T cells in response to antigen and interleukin 1, that stimulates the proliferation of T cells.
- Pharmacology. a form of this protein produced by genetic engineering and used experimentally in immunotherapy. Abbreviation: IL-2
Compare LAK cell.
Origin of interleukin 2
First recorded in 1980–85; see origin at interleukin 1
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- A lymphokine that is released by helper T cells in response to an antigen and interleukin-1 and stimulates the proliferation of helper T cells.
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