[ lim-fuh-kahyn ]
/ ˈlɪm fəˌkaɪn /
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any lymphocyte product, as interferon, that is not an antibody but may participate in the immune response through its effect on the function of other cells, as destroying antigen-coated cells or stimulating macrophages.
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Words nearby lymphokine
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British Dictionary definitions for lymphokine
/ (ˈlɪmfəʊˌkaɪn) /
immunol a protein, released by lymphocytes, that affects other cells involved in the immune response
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Medical definitions for lymphokine
[ lĭm′fə-kīn′ ]
Any of various soluble substances, released by sensitized lymphocytes on contact with specific antigens, that act by stimulating activity of monocytes and macrophages.
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Scientific definitions for lymphokine
[ lĭm′fə-kīn′ ]
Any of various cytokines released by T cells that have been activated by specific antigens. Lymphokines act as mediators in the immune response by activating macrophages and stimulating lymphocyte production. Interferon is a lymphokine.
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