cytochalasin

noun

cy·​to·​cha·​la·​sin ˌsī-tō-kə-ˈlā-sən How to pronounce cytochalasin (audio)
: any of a group of metabolites isolated from fungi (especially Helminthosporium dematioideum) that inhibit various cell processes

Word History

Etymology

cyt- + Greek chalasis slackening + English -in entry 1

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cytochalasin was in 1966

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Cite this Entry

“Cytochalasin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cytochalasin. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

cytochalasin

noun
cy·​to·​cha·​la·​sin ˌsīt-ō-kə-ˈlā-sən How to pronounce cytochalasin (audio)
: any of a group of metabolites isolated from fungi (especially Helminthosporium dematioideum) that inhibit various cell processes
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