Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably

interleukin 1

[in-ter-loo-kin] /ˈɪn tərˌlu kɪn/
noun, Immunology
any of several proteins released from certain cells, especially macrophages, and having various effects on the activity of other cells, as promoting inflammation or enhancing T-cell proliferation.
Abbreviation: IL-1.
Origin of interleukin 1
1979; inter- + leuk(ocyte) + -in2; so called because such proteins act as agents of communication between different populations of leukocytes Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for interleukin 1

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for interleukin

Scrabble Words With Friends