dynein

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noun dy·nein \ˈdī-ˌnēn, -ˌnē-ən\

Definition of dynein

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

Origin and Etymology of dynein

dyne (force) + -in


First Known Use: 1965


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dynein

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noun dy·nein \ˈdī-ˌnēn, -ˌnē-ən\

Medical Definition of dynein

  1. :  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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