[lim-fuh-kahyn] /ˈlɪm fəˌkaɪn/

noun, Immunology.
any lymphocyte product, as interferon, that is not an antibody but may participate in the immune response through its effect on the function of other cells, as destroying antigen-coated cells or stimulating macrophages.
(immunol) a protein, released by lymphocytes, that affects other cells involved in the immune response

lymphokine lym·pho·kine (lĭm’fə-kīn’)
Any of various soluble substances, released by sensitized lymphocytes on contact with specific antigens, that act by stimulating activity of monocytes and macrophages.
Any of various cytokines released by T cells that have been activated by specific antigens. Lymphokines act as mediators in the immune response by activating macrophages and stimulating lymphocyte production. Interferon is a lymphokine.


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