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  • n. Any of a group of cytokine proteins important in the regulation of lymphocyte function.

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  • n. any of several lymphokines that promote macrophages and killer T cells and B cells and other components of the immune system


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  • With thanks to sionnach for the suggestion! "Noun. Any of a class of cytokines that act to stimulate, regulate, or modulate lymphocytes such as T cells."

    October 28, 2007