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Definition: interferons

Proteins secreted by vertebrate cells in response
to a wide variety of inducers. They confer
resistance against many different viruses, inhibit
proliferation of normal and malignant cells,
impede multiplication of intracellular parasites,
enhance macrophage and granulocyte phagocytosis,
augment natural killer cell activity, and show
several other immunomodulatory functions.

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