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in·ter·fer·on

n :  any of a group of heat-stable soluble basic antiviral glycoproteins of low molecular weight that are produced usu. by cells exposed to the action of a virus, sometimes to the action of another intracellular parasite (as a bacterium), or experimentally to the action of some chemicals, and that include some used medically as antiviral or antineoplastic agents - see ALPHA INTERFERON BETA INTERFERON GAMMA INTERFERON  .
 
 
 
Similar sounding terms:  in·tra·ovar·i·an 

 
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