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cytokine

Pronunciation: si'to-kin

Definition: Any of numerous hormonelike, low-molecular-weight proteins, secreted by various cell types, which regulate the intensity and duration of immune response and mediate cell-to-cell communication.

See: interferon, interleukin, lymphokine, chemokines

See various growth factors

[cyto- + G. kinesis, movement]

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