Definition of interferon in English:



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

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


1950s from interfere+ -on.