[ lim-fuh-kahyn ]

  1. 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

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British Dictionary definitions for lymphokine


/ (ˈlɪmfəʊˌkaɪn) /

  1. immunol a protein, released by lymphocytes, that affects other cells involved in the immune response

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Scientific definitions for lymphokine


[ lĭmfə-kīn′ ]

  1. 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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