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lymphokine

[lim-fuh-kahyn] /ˈlɪm fəˌkaɪn/
noun, Immunology
1.
any lymphocyte product, as interferon, that is not an antibody but may participate in the immune response through its effect on the function of other cells, as destroying antigen-coated cells or stimulating macrophages.
Origin
1969
1969; lympho(cyte) + -kine < Greek kīneîn to move; cf. -kinin
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lymphokine

/ˈlɪmfəʊˌkaɪn/
noun
1.
(immunol) a protein, released by lymphocytes, that affects other cells involved in the immune response
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lymphokine in Medicine

lymphokine lym·pho·kine (lĭm'fə-kīn')
n.
Any of various soluble substances, released by sensitized lymphocytes on contact with specific antigens, that act by stimulating activity of monocytes and macrophages.

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lymphokine in Science
lymphokine
  (lĭm'fə-kīn')   
Any of various cytokines released by T cells that have been activated by specific antigens. Lymphokines act as mediators in the immune response by activating macrophages and stimulating lymphocyte production. Interferon is a lymphokine.
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