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

  • n. Any of a group of glycoproteins that are produced by different cell types in response to various stimuli, such as exposure to a virus, bacterium, parasite, or other antigen, and that prevent viral replication in newly infected cells and, in some cases, modulate specific cellular functions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of a group of glycoproteins, produced by the immune system, that prevent viral replication in infected cells

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an antiviral protein produced by cells that have been invaded by a virus; inhibits replication of the virus


interfer(e) + -on3.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
interfere +‎ -on, from its role interfering with viral replication. (Wiktionary)


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  • With the strength it has today, it was born in 1981, from just the information that a product called interferon existed.

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