desmosome

noun
des·​mo·​some | \ˈdez-mə-ˌsōm \

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

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Other Words from desmosome

desmosomal \ -​ˌsō-​məl \ adjective

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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

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First Known Use of desmosome

circa 1932, in the meaning defined above

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desmosome

noun
des·​mo·​some | \ˈdez-mə-ˌsōm \

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 \ adjective

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