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colloidal gold-bound tumor necrosis factor  listen  (kuh-LOY-dul ... TOO-mer neh-KROH-sis FAK-ter)

  A substance being studied in the treatment of some types of cancer. Colloidal gold-bound tumor necrosis factor is made in the laboratory by binding a cancer-killing protein called tumor necrosis factor (TNF) to the surface of very tiny particles of gold. These TNF-gold particles may kill cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. Also called Aurimmune and TNF-bound colloidal gold.