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tumor necrosis factor

noun
1.
a protein, produced in humans and other animals, that is destructive to cells showing abnormally rapid growth: identical with cachectin.
Abbreviation: TNF.
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tumor necrosis factor in Medicine

tumor necrosis factor n.
A protein produced by macrophages in the presence of an endotoxin and shown experimentally to be capable of attacking and destroying cancerous tumor cells.

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tumor necrosis factor in Science
tumor necrosis factor  
A protein that is produced by monocytes and macrophages and is able to attack and destroy tumor cells. It can also exacerbate certain chronic inflammatory diseases.
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