interferon etymology

English word interferon comes from English -on, English interfere

Detailed word origin of interferon

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-on English (eng) (biology, genetics) Forming names of things considered as basic or fundamental units, such as codon or recon.. (chemistry) Forming names of noble gases and certain nonmetal elements (such as boron or silicon).. (physics, maths, and, biology) Forming nouns denoting subatomic particles (proton), quanta (photon), molecular units (codon), or substances (interferon).
interfere English (eng) (intransitive) To get involved or involve oneself, causing disturbance.. (intransitive, followed by "with") To sexually molest, especially of a child.. (intransitive, physics) (of waves) To be correlated with each other when overlapped or superposed.. (mostly of horses) To strike one foot against the opposite foot or ankle in using the legs.
interferon English (eng) (biochemistry) Any of a group of glycoproteins, produced by the immune system, that prevent viral replication in infected cells.

Words with the same origin as interferon

Descendants of -on
Bohr magneton antineoplaston baryon baryonless boron boson caron encephalon energon klepton leptoproduction multiexon neutron neutronic nylon photon photonic pion polaron psychon renormalon tachyon texton trion
Descendants of interfere
interferant interferometer