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pyrogen

[pahy-ruh-juh n, -jen] /ˈpaɪ rə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn/
noun
1.
a substance, as a thermostable bacterial toxin, that produces a rise in temperature in a human or animal.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; pyro- + -gen
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pyrogen

/ˈpaɪrəʊˌdʒɛn/
noun
1.
any of a group of substances that cause a rise in temperature in an animal body
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Word Origin and History for pyrogen
n.

1858, as a proposed word for "electricity," from pyro- + -gen. Meaning "fever-producer" is from 1896. Related: Pyrogenic; pyrogenetic. Greek pyrogenes meant "born in fire, wrought by fire."

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pyrogen in Medicine

pyrogen py·ro·gen (pī'rə-jən)
n.
A substance that produces a fever.

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pyrogen in Science
pyrogen
  (pī'rə-jən)   
A polypeptide that produces fever by causing metabolic changes in the hypothalamus. Pyrogens are either exogenous (produced by infectious agents) or endogenous (produced by cells in the body such as macrophages).
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