tu·​bu·​lin | \ ˈtü-byə-lən How to pronounce tubulin (audio) , ˈtyü- \

Definition of tubulin

: a globular protein that polymerizes to form microtubules

Examples of tubulin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps the strangest thing found in these viruses are genes that encode relatives of a protein called tubulin, which helps a cell organize its internal contents. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Giant viruses may be attacking the microbes in our guts," 13 Feb. 2020 Cunningham suspects that when the strep antibodies target tubulin in the brain, the result is a gumming up of a cell’s structural machinery and, apparently, neuropsychiatric ills. Pamela Weintraub, Discover Magazine, "Hidden Invaders," 29 Mar. 2017 The autoantibodies also attached to tubulin, a protein molecule used to maintain a cell’s physical structure. Pamela Weintraub, Discover Magazine, "Hidden Invaders," 29 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of tubulin

1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tubulin

tubule + -in entry 1

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The first known use of tubulin was in 1968

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“Tubulin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tubulin. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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tu·​bu·​lin | \ ˈt(y)ü-byə-lən How to pronounce tubulin (audio) \

Medical Definition of tubulin

: a globular protein that polymerizes to form microtubules

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