tumor necrosis factor


noun

a protein, produced in humans and other animals, that is destructive to cells showing abnormally rapid growth: identical with cachectin. Abbreviation: TNF

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Medical definitions for tumor necrosis factor

tumor necrosis factor

n.

A protein that is produced in the presence of an endotoxin, especially by monocytes and macrophages, is able to attack and destroy tumor cells, and exacerbates chronic inflammatory diseases.
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Scientific definitions for tumor necrosis factor

tumor necrosis factor

A protein that is produced by monocytes and macrophages and is able to attack and destroy tumor cells. It can also exacerbate certain chronic inflammatory diseases.
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