adhesin

noun ad·he·sin \ ad-ˈhē-zᵊn \

Definition of adhesin

plural adhesins
:any of various specialized molecular components (such as proteins) on the surface of a bacterial cell that bring about adhesion by attaching to the surface of other cells or structures
  • At the tip of each pilus is an adhesin, a protein designed to stick to a surface molecule of the bacterium's target cells.
  • —John TravisScience News26 Apr. 1997
  • Cranberries have been shown to help prevent recurrent urinary tract infections but not by changing acidity. They contain chemicals that block adhesins and prevent bacteria from sticking to urinary tract cells.
  • —Gabe MirkinWashington Times28 Oct. 2001

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Origin and Etymology of adhesin

adhes- (inadhesion or1adhesive) +1-in


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