dynein

noun
dy·​nein | \ ˈdī-ˌnēn How to pronounce dynein (audio) , -ˌnē-ən \

Definition of dynein

: an ATPase that is associated especially with microtubules involved in the movement of cellular organelles and structures (such as cilia, flagella, and chromosomes)

First Known Use of dynein

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dynein

dyne + -in entry 1

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“Dynein.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dynein. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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dynein

noun
dy·​nein | \ ˈdī-ˌnēn How to pronounce dynein (audio) , -ˌnē-ən How to pronounce dynein (audio) \

Medical Definition of dynein

: an ATPase that cross-links adjacent microtubules and that by controlling their relative sliding motion regulates the movement of cellular organelles and structures (as the beating of cilia and flagella and the movement of chromosomes to the poles of the spindle)

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