desmosome

noun
des·​mo·​some | \ ˈdez-mə-ˌsōm How to pronounce desmosome (audio) \

Definition of desmosome

: a specialized structure of the cell membrane especially of an epithelial cell that serves as a zone of adhesion to anchor contiguous cells together

Other Words from desmosome

desmosomal \ ˈdez-​mə-​ˌsō-​məl How to pronounce desmosome (audio) \ adjective

Examples of desmosome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fruit acid penetrates into the layers of dead skin cells and breaks down the desmosomes which hold the layers together. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, 27 Apr. 2016 These AHAs eat away and separate what are called desmosomes. Self, Glamour, 3 July 2017 Desmosomes are the fibers that bind the dead skin cells together. Self, Glamour, 3 July 2017

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First Known Use of desmosome

circa 1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for desmosome

borrowed from German Desmosom, from Greek desmós "something that ties or attaches, (in plural) bonds, chain" + German -o- -o- + -som -some entry 3 — more at desmid

Note: The term was introduced by the Austrian anatomist and histologist Josef R. Schaffer (1861-1939) in Vorlesungen über Histologie und Histogenese nebst Bemerkungen über Histotechnik und das Mikroskop (Leipzig, 1920), p. 76.

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“Desmosome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/desmosome. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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desmosome

noun
des·​mo·​some | \ ˈdez-mə-ˌsōm How to pronounce desmosome (audio) \

Medical Definition of desmosome

: a specialized local thickening of the plasma membrane of an epithelial cell that serves to anchor contiguous cells together

Other Words from desmosome

desmosomal \ -​ˌsō-​məl How to pronounce desmosome (audio) \ adjective

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