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interleukin

Pronunciation: in'ter-lu'kin

Definition: The name given to a group of multifunctional cytokines after their amino acid structure is known. They are synthesized by lymphocytes, monocytes, macrophages, and certain other cells.

See: lymphokine, cytokine

[inter- + leukocyte + -in]

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