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

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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 The microtubules and ropelike filaments that form the cell’s transportation infrastructure feature helical structures, which are vital to their function. Frank Wilczek, WSJ, "The Peculiar Power of Nature’s Left and Right," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of microtubule

1961, in the meaning defined above

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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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