[ lim-fuh-kahyn ]
/ ˈlɪm fəˌkaɪn /

noun Immunology.

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.

Origin of lymphokine

1969; lympho(cyte) + -kine < Greek kīneîn to move; cf. -kinin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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Medicine definitions for lymphokine


[ lĭmfə-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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Science definitions for lymphokine


[ lĭmfə-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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