One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A substance produced by lymphocytes, such as interferon, that acts upon other cells of the immune system, e.g., by activating macrophages.
- ‘Conversely, asthma is characterized by the presence of numerous inflammatory mediators, including leukotrienes, prostaglandins, histamine, eosinophilic basic proteins, and lymphokines.’
- ‘After contact with an antigen, T cells secrete lymphokines - a group of proteins that do not interact with the antigens themselves, instead they stimulate the activity of other cells.’
- ‘Cytokines that are secreted from lymphocytes are termed lymphokines, whereas those secreted by monocytes or macrophages are termed monokines.’
- ‘Antigen expression can be augmented by concomitant treatment with lymphokines if necessary, which facilitates antibody recognition of the target cancer cell.’
- ‘Over the six-month period, analysis revealed omega - 3 supplementation significantly reduced the number of circulating NK cells and lymphokine activated killer cells when compared to the placebo group.’
1960s: from lympho- + Greek kinein ‘to move’.
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