microtubule

noun
mi·​cro·​tu·​bule | \ ˌmī-krō-ˈtü-(ˌ)byül How to pronounce microtubule (audio) , -ˈtyü- \

Definition of microtubule

: any of the minute tubules in eukaryotic cytoplasm that are composed of the protein tubulin and form an important component of the cytoskeleton, mitotic spindle, cilia, and flagella

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Other Words from microtubule

microtubular \ ˌmī-​krō-​ˈtü-​byə-​lər How to pronounce microtubular (audio) , -​ˈtyü-​ \ adjective

Examples of microtubule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Within these boundaries, the microtubules organized themselves, ultimately producing compartments that closely resembled those formed under the guidance of sperm centrosomes. Quanta Magazine, "Unscrambled Eggs: Self-Organization Restores Cells’ Order," 2 Jan. 2020 Specifically, adding a GTP (guanosine triphosphate) monomer to a microtubule corresponds to a car parking after the right-most car in the idealized lot. Jennifer Ouellette, Wired, "Want to Find the Best Parking Spot? Do the Math," 3 Oct. 2019 Specifically, adding a GTP (guanosine triphosphate) monomer to a microtubule corresponds to a car parking after the rightmost car in the idealized lot. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "To find the best parking spot, do the math," 26 Sep. 2019 Fisher’s hypothesis faces the same daunting obstacle that has plagued microtubules: a phenomenon called quantum decoherence. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine, "A New Spin on the Quantum Brain," 2 Nov. 2016 The researchers also developed an imaging technique to isolate—and actually see—a thin slice of microtubule growth amid the visual clutter of background molecules. Scientific American, "Ballistic Maggots, Synthetic Winks and Why You’re Not Goop: This Week’s Best Science GIFs," 9 Aug. 2019 In a paper published in May, the scientists show how different proteins coordinate in a cell to seed the growth of each microtubule. Scientific American, "Ballistic Maggots, Synthetic Winks and Why You’re Not Goop: This Week’s Best Science GIFs," 9 Aug. 2019 Typically, a cell is genetically modified to produce a fluorescent protein that attaches itself to specific subcellular structures, like mitochondria or microtubules. Quanta Magazine, "His Artificial Intelligence Sees Inside Living Cells," 24 July 2019 Theorists, including Ramaswamy, had predicted that such alignment and defects would emerge in active-matter systems under certain conditions, and they had been seen in crystals made from rod-shaped cellular components called microtubules. Quanta Magazine, "Swirling Bacteria Linked to the Physics of Phase Transitions," 16 June 2019

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First Known Use of microtubule

1961, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of microtubule was in 1961

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“Microtubule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microtubule. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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microtubule

noun
mi·​cro·​tu·​bule | \ ˌmī-krō-ˈt(y)ü-(ˌ)byü(ə)l How to pronounce microtubule (audio) \

Medical Definition of microtubule

: any of the minute tubules in eukaryotic cytoplasm that are composed of the protein tubulin and form an important component of the cytoskeleton, mitotic spindle, cilia, and flagella

Other Words from microtubule

microtubular \ -​byə-​lər How to pronounce microtubular (audio) \ adjective

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