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spectrin

[spek-trin] /ˈspɛk trɪn/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
a rodlike structural protein of the red blood cell membrane.
Origin
1968
1968; spect(e)r (cf. ghost def. 12) + -in2
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spectrin

/ˈspɛktrɪn/
noun
1.
any one of a class of fibrous proteins found in the membranes of red blood cells, the brain, the intestine, etc
Word Origin
C20: from spectr(e) + -in, referring to the ghosts (isolated cell membranes) of red blood cells, the source of the first known member of the class
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spectrin in Medicine

spectrin spec·trin (spěk'trĭn)
n.
A contractile protein of high molecular weight that is a component of a network in the membrane of red blood cells, giving the cells flexibility.

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