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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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