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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand  listen  (… ree-LAY-ted A-pop-TOH-sis-in-DOO-sing LIH-gund)

  A cell protein that can attach to certain molecules in some cancer cells and may kill the cells. TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand is being studied in the treatment of cancer. Also called Apo-2L, TRAIL, and tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand.