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lymphokine

 [lim´fo-kīn]
any of various soluble protein mediators released by sensitized lymphocytes on contact with antigen, and believed to play a role in macrophage activation, lymphocyte transformation, and cell-mediated immunity. It regulates immune responses through differentiation, amplification, and inhibition of cell functions. Lymphokines may also have a cytotoxic effector function. Used as biologic response modifiers in the treatment of cancer.
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lym·pho·kine

(lim'fō-kīn),
Hormonelike peptide, released by activated lymphocytes, which mediates immune response; a cytokine obtained from lymphocytes.
[lymphocyte + G. kineō, to set in motion]
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lymphokine

(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

An older term for what is now designated interleukin-2 (IL2).
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lym·pho·kine

(lim'fō-kīn)
Hormonelike peptide, released by activated lymphocytes, which mediates immune response; a cytokine obtained from lymphocytes.
[lymphocyte + G. kineō, to set in motion]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

lymphokine

a soluble mediator released by lymphocytes on contact with specific antigens.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005