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Cytokine Growth Factor Rev. 1998 Sep-Dec;9(3-4):191-6.

Semantics, inflammation, cytokines and common sense.

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Case Western Reserve University, Department of Medicine, and Rammelkamp Center for Research, MetroHealth Campus, Cleveland, OH 44109-1998, USA. ikushner@research.mhme.org

Abstract

Semantic evaluation of some of the terms we regularly employ--inflammation, anti-inflammatory, pro-inflammatory, anti-inflammatory drugs, cytokines, homeostasis and stress--raises concerns about their precise meanings and about their mechanistic implications. Semantic imprecision may have undesirable conceptual consequences.

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