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Noun: tumour necrosis factor
Usage: Brit, Cdn (US: tumor necrosis factor)
  1. A proinflammatory cytokine that is produced by white blood cells (monocytes and macrophages); has an antineoplastic effect but causes inflammation (as in rheumatoid arthritis)
    - tumor necrosis factor [US], TNF

Derived forms: tumour necrosis factors

Type of: cytokine

Encyclopedia: Tumour necrosis factor