Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various substances released by T cells that have been activated by antigens. They function in the immune response through a variety of actions, including stimulating the production of nonsensitized lymphocytes and activating macrophages.

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  • n. Any of a group of cytokines produced by lymphocytes

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  • n. 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)

Etymologies

lympho- + Greek k─źnein, to move; see kinin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Inflammatory bowel disease mucosal biopsies have specialized lymphokine mRNA profiles.

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  • Drumming improves immunity: Group drumming resulted in increased dehydroepiandrosterone-to-cortisol ratios, increased natural killer cell activity, and increased lymphokine-activated killer cell activity without alteration in plasma interleukin 2 or interferon-gamma, or in the Beck Anxiety Inventory and the Beck Depression Inventory II.

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  • For example, chrysotile fibres have been shown to depress the in vitro proliferation of phytohemagglutinin-stimulated peripheral blood lymphocytes, suppress natural killer cell lysis and significantly reduce lymphokine-activated killer cell viability and recovery.

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  • At the same time it increases the cytotoxic action of macrophages in destroying tumor cells by stimulating the production of lymphokine interleukin.

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  • "It certainly has stimulated the immune systems," Clyde said as he continued to study the lymphokine chart.

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  • They may be named by their source: lymphokine (cytokines made by lymphocytes) monokine (cytokines made by monocytes) chemokine (cytokines with chemotactic activities) interleukin (cytokines made by one leukocyte and acting on other leukocytes).

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