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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Oncolisado vírico

Viral oncolysate (VY-rul on-KOL-ih-sate)
An extract made from cancer cells that are infected with a strain of virus that can lyse (break down) cancer cells. The extract contains both cancer cell proteins and virus proteins. Viral oncolysates are being studied as cancer vaccines.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.