interleukin(redirected from Interleukin-18)
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Any of various small proteins that are produced by a variety of cell types, especially T cells and other white blood cells, and that regulate many aspects of inflammation and the immune response, including stimulating the production of white blood cells and platelets.
(Biochemistry) a substance extracted from white blood cells that stimulates their activity against infection and may be used to combat some forms of cancer
in•ter•leu•kin(ˈɪn tərˌlu kɪn)
any of a family of small proteins that participate in the body's defense system, esp. by promoting the growth and activation of white blood cells.
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|Noun||1.||interleukin - any of several lymphokines that promote macrophages and killer T cells and B cells and other components of the immune system|
lymphokine - a cytokine secreted by helper T cells in response to stimulation by antigens and that acts on other cells of the immune system (as by activating macrophages)