Interferon. Definition

Medical Definition: Interferon

Protein that occurs naturally in body cells to act against infections and tumors. There are three classes of interferons: alpha, beta and gamma. The synthetic variety are drugs that activate the physiological defenses and control cell growth by attacking infected cells or cancer cells. It is a biological response modifier (a substance that can improve the body's natural response to infection and other diseases). Interferon prevents the multiplication of cancer cells and can slow the growth of a tumor. There are several types of interferon such as interferon alpha, interferon beta and interferon gamma. The body naturally produces these substances. They are also produced in the laboratory to treat cancer and other diseases.

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