cytoskeleton

noun
cy·​to·​skel·​e·​ton | \ ˌsī-tə-ˈske-lə-tən \

Definition of cytoskeleton

: the network of protein filaments and microtubules in the cytoplasm that controls cell shape, maintains intracellular organization, and is involved in cell movement

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Other Words from cytoskeleton

cytoskeletal \ ˌsī-​tə-​ˈske-​lə-​tᵊl \ adjective

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In the case of slime molds, their cytoskeleton may form smart, complex networks able to process sensory information. Katia Moskvitch, WIRED, "Slime Molds Remember—But Do They Learn?," 14 July 2018 That means making sure the cells have myosin and actin — two proteins that are key to forming the cellular cytoskeleton, and to building muscle filaments. Noah Shachtman, WIRED, "Pentagon Plan to Regrow Limbs: Phase One, Complete," 25 Mar. 2009

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1936, in the meaning defined above

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cytoskeleton

noun
cy·​to·​skel·​e·​ton | \ ˌsīt-ō-ˈskel-ət-ᵊn \

Medical Definition of cytoskeleton

: the network of protein filaments and microtubules in the cytoplasm that controls cell shape, maintains intracellular organization, and is involved in cell movement

Other Words from cytoskeleton

cytoskeletal \ -​ᵊl \ adjective

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