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 (kē′mō-kīn′, kĕm′ō-)
Any of various chemotactic cytokines that are released by several cell types and act to attract monocytes, neutrophils, and other white blood cells to sites of injury or inflammation.

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a type of protein produced during inflammation that activates white blood cells
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