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desmosome

[dez-muh-sohm] /ˈdɛz məˌsoʊm/
noun, Cell Biology
1.
a plaquelike site on a cell surface that functions in maintaining cohesion with an adjacent cell.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; < Greek desm(ós) band, chain (see desmid) + -o- + -some2
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British Dictionary definitions for desmosome

desmosome

/ˈdɛsməˌsəʊm/
noun
1.
(cytology) a structure in the cell membranes of adjacent cells that binds them together
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desmosome in Medicine

desmosome des·mo·some (děz'mə-sōm', děs'-)
n.
A structure that forms the site of adhesion between two cells, consisting of a dense plate in each adjacent cell separated by a thin layer of extracellular material. Also called macula adherens.

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