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Meaning of INTERFERON

Pronunciation:  `intur'feerân

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  an antiviral protein produced by cells that have been invaded by a virus; inhibits replication of the virus
 

INTERFERON is a 10 letter word that starts with I.

 

 See Also: antiviral, antiviral agent

 

 

Medical Dictionary
 
 Definition: a biological response modifier that stimulates the growth of certain disease-fighting blood cells in the immune system; used to treat cancer and other diseases.
 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: Any of several glycoproteins that help the body fight off viral infections. During a viral invasion, infected cells produce three kinds of interferon (alpha, beta, and gamma) which circulate in the blood stream and help make uninfected cells immune to the attack. Interferon was discovered in 1957 by Alick Isaacs.
 
Glossary
 
 Definition: A family of small proteins that stimulate viral resistance in cells.
 

 

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