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interleukin 2

noun
1.
Immunology. a lymphokine protein, secreted by T cells in response to antigen and interleukin 1, that stimulates the proliferation of T cells.
2.
Pharmacology. a form of this protein produced by genetic engineering and used experimentally in immunotherapy.
Abbreviation: IL-2.
Compare LAK cell.
Origin of interleukin 2
1980-1985
1980-85; see interleukin 1
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