Definition of interferon in English:


Line breaks: inter|feron
Pronunciation: /ˌɪntəˈfɪərɒn


[mass noun] Biochemistry
  • A protein released by animal cells, usually in response to the entry of a virus, which has the property of inhibiting virus replication.
    More example sentences
    • Your body naturally produces interferon as a response to viral infections.
    • Other forms of immunotherapy, such as interferon, are being tested in clinical trials.
    • One example of an antiviral compound is interferon which is a chemical produced by the body in response to viral infection.


1950s: from interfere + -on.

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