fibronectin

[fahy-bruh-nek-tin]
noun Cell Biology.
a fibrous protein that binds to collagen, fibrin, and other proteins and also to the cell membranes, functioning as an anchor and connector.

Origin:
1975–80; fibro- + Latin nect(ere) to bind, join together (see connect, nexus) + -in2

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fibronectin fi·bro·nec·tin (fī'brə-něk'tĭn)
n.
A fibrous linking protein that functions as a reticuloendothelial mediated host defense mechanism and is impaired by surgery, burns, infection, neoplasia, and disorders of the immune system.

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fibronectin   (fī'brə-něk'tn)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of several glycoproteins that occur especially in plasma and in soft connective tissue. Fibronectins are important for the adhesion of fibrous extracellular tissue matrices and also play roles in cellular adhesion, embryonic cellular differentiation, phagocytosis, and the aggregation of platelets in blood clotting.
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When the body grows new tissue, cells secrete fibronectin--a strong, stretchy type of protein that acts as a supportive scaffold.
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