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heat–shock protein

noun

Definition of heat–shock protein

  1. :  any of a group of proteins that are produced especially in cells subjected to stressful conditions (as high temperature), that serve to ensure proper protein folding, and that are held to comprise a class of molecular chaperones



1978

First Known Use of heat–shock protein

1978


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