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interferon Syllabification: in·ter·fer·on
Pronunciation: /ˌin(t)ərˈfirˌän/

Definition of interferon in English:


A protein released by animal cells, usually in response to the entry of a virus, that 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.


1950s: from interfere + -on.

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