Definition of interferon in English:

interferon

noun

Biochemistry
  • A protein released by animal cells, usually in response to the entry of a virus, which has the property of inhibiting virus replication.

    • ‘It helps the body produce more interferon to defend itself from viruses and other harmful matter.’
    • ‘Your body naturally produces interferon as a response to viral infections.’
    • ‘One example of an antiviral compound is interferon which is a chemical produced by the body in response to viral infection.’
    • ‘Other forms of immunotherapy, such as interferon, are being tested in clinical trials.’
    • ‘If this fails, interferons block the virus from forming particles which can be released and infect other neurons.’

Origin

1950s: from interfere + -on.

Pronunciation

interferon

/ˌin(t)ərˈfirˌän//ˌɪn(t)ərˈfɪrˌɑn/