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Definition of Pleiotropic cytokine

Pleiotropic cytokine: cytokine that affects the activity of multiple cell types. A cytokine is a small protein that has a specific effect on the interactions between cells, on communications between cells, or on the behavior of cells.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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