Definition of Lymphokine

1. Noun. A cytokine secreted by helper T cells in response to stimulation by antigens and that acts on other cells of the immune system (as by activating macrophages).

Generic synonyms: Cytokine
Specialized synonyms: Interleukin

Definition of Lymphokine

1. Noun. (biochemistry) Any of a group of cytokines produced by lymphocytes ¹

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Definition of Lymphokine

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Medical Definition of Lymphokine

1. Substance produced by a leucocyte that acts upon another cell. Examples are interleukins, interferon alpha, lymphotoxin (tumour necrosis factor alpha), granulocyte monocyte colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF). The term is becoming less common and cytokine, a more general term, is taking over. Cytokines include lymphokines. (20 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lymphokine

lymphoid cell
lymphoid haemoblast of Pappenheim
lymphoid hypophysitis
lymphoid interstitial pneumonia
lymphoid interstitial pneumonitis
lymphoid leukaemia
lymphoid polyp
lymphoid ring
lymphoid series
lymphoid tissue
lymphokine (current term)
lymphomatoid granulomatosis
lymphomatoid papulosis

Literary usage of Lymphokine

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1. A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story by Andrei Maylunas (2005)
"The effects of four major components of snuff (fine-cut smokeless tobacco) on the development of lymphokine- activated killer cells (LAX) were measured in ..."

2. Microbial and Phenotypic Definition of Rats and Mice: Proceedings of the by National Research Council Staff, ebrary, Inc, National Research Council, International Committee, Commission on Life Sciences, National Academy of Sciences (1999)
"TH1 and TH2 cells: Different patterns of lymphokine secretion lead to different functional properties. Ann. Rev. Immunol. 7:145-173. ..."

3. Glossary of HIV/Aids-related Terms edited by Barry Leonard (1995)
"LAK CELLS: Lymphocytes transformed in the laboratory into lymphokine activated killer cells, which attack tumor cells. ..."

4. Understanding the Immune System by Lydia Woods Schindler (1991)
"Steroids suppress lymphocyte function; the drug cyclosporine holds down the production of the lymphokine interleukin-2, which is necessary for T cell growth ..."

5. Reviews in Environmental Health (1998): Toxicological Defense Mechanics edited by Gary E. R. Hook, George W. Lucier (2000)
"Lemaire I, Dubois C. In vitro suppression of fibroblast growth inhibitory lymphokine production by asbestos. Clin Exp Immunol 53:239-248 (1983). " 118. 95. ..."

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