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