gap junction

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Definition of gap junction 

: an area of contact between adjacent cells characterized by modification of the plasma membranes for intercellular communication or transfer of low molecular-weight substances

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1967, in the meaning defined above

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gap junction

noun

Medical Definition of gap junction 

: an area of contact between adjacent cells characterized by modification of the plasma membranes for intercellular communication or transfer of low molecular-weight substances

Other Words from gap junction

gap-junctional \ ˈgap-​ˌjəŋk-​shən-​əl, -​shnəl \ adjective

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