a substance extracted from white blood cells that stimulates their activity against infection and may be used to combat some forms of cancer
interleukin in·ter·leu·kin (ĭn’tər-lōō’kĭn)
Any of a class of lymphokines that act to stimulate, regulate, or modulate lymphocytes such as T cells.
Any of a class of cytokines that act to stimulate, regulate, or modulate lymphocytes such as T cells. Interleukin-1, which has two subtypes, is released by macrophages and certain other cells, and regulates cell-mediated and humoral immunity. It induces the production of interleukin-2 by helper T cells and also acts as a pyrogen. Interleukin-2 stimulates the proliferation of helper T cells, stimulates B cell growth and differentiation, and has been used experimentally to treat cancer. Interleukin-3 is released by mast cells and helper T cells in response to an antigen and stimulates the growth of blood stem cells and lymphoid cells such as macrophages and mast cells. There are many other interleukins that are part of the immune system.
[in-ter-lee-ving] /ˌɪn tərˈli vɪŋ/ noun, Computers. 1. a method for making data retrieval more efficient by rearranging or renumbering the sectors on a hard disk or by splitting a computer’s main memory into sections so that the sectors or sections can be read in alternating cycles. [in-ter-leev] /ˌɪn tərˈliv/ verb (used with object), interleaved, interleaving. […]
[in-ter-loo-kin] /ˈɪn tərˌlu kɪn/ noun, Immunology. 1. any of several proteins released from certain cells, especially macrophages, and having various effects on the activity of other cells, as promoting inflammation or enhancing T-cell proliferation. Abbreviation: IL-1. interleukin-1 n. Abbr. IL-1 Any of a group of cytokines, released by macrophages and other cells, that induce the […]
noun 1. Immunology. a lymphokine protein, secreted by T cells in response to antigen and , that stimulates the proliferation of T cells. 2. Pharmacology. a form of this protein produced by genetic engineering and used experimentally in immunotherapy. Abbreviation: IL-2. interleukin-2 n. Abbr. IL-2 A lymphokine that is released by helper T cells in […]
noun, Immunology. 1. a lymphokine protein, secreted by T cells, that participates in the regulation of blood-cell production. Abbreviation: IL-3. interleukin-3 n. Abbr. IL-3 A lymphokine, released by helper T cells in response to an antigen or mitogen, that stimulates the growth of blood stem cells and lymphoid cells such as macrophages and mast cells.