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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from desmosome

desmosomal \ ˈdez-​mə-​ˌsō-​məl How to pronounce desmosomal (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, "Read This Before You Try the "Baby Foot" Craze," 27 Apr. 2016 These AHAs eat away and separate what are called desmosomes. Self, Glamour, "5 Women Tried Baby Foot, and the Results Were Both Disgusting and Satisfying," 3 July 2017 Desmosomes are the fibers that bind the dead skin cells together. Self, Glamour, "5 Women Tried Baby Foot, and the Results Were Both Disgusting and Satisfying," 3 July 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'desmosome.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of desmosome

circa 1932, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about desmosome

Statistics for desmosome

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for desmosome

The first known use of desmosome was circa 1932

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for desmosome

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 desmosomal (audio) \ adjective

More from Merriam-Webster on desmosome

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about desmosome

Comments on desmosome

What made you want to look up desmosome? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!