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pyrogen

[ pahy-ruh-juhn, -jen ]
/ ˈpaɪ rə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn /
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noun
a substance, as a thermostable bacterial toxin, that produces a rise in temperature in a human or animal.
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Origin of pyrogen

First recorded in 1855–60; pyro- + -gen
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British Dictionary definitions for pyrogen

pyrogen
/ (ˈpaɪrəʊˌdʒɛn) /

noun
any of a group of substances that cause a rise in temperature in an animal body
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Scientific definitions for pyrogen

pyrogen
[ pīrə-jən ]

A polypeptide that produces fever by causing metabolic changes in the hypothalamus. Pyrogens are either exogenous (produced by infectious agents) or endogenous (produced by cells in the body such as macrophages).
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