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interferon

Line breaks: inter|feron
Pronunciation: /ˌɪntəˈfɪərɒn
 
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Definition of interferon in English:

noun

[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.
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.

Origin

1950s: from interfere + -on.

Words that rhyme with interferon

neutron

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