aquaporin

noun

aqua·​por·​in ˌa-kwə-ˈpȯr-ən How to pronounce aquaporin (audio)
: any of several proteins that are found in cell membranes and selectively permit water to pass into and out of the cell
Several scientific groups are now directing their attention to the aquaporins, a large family of water transport molecules whose members each have unique tissue distributions in kidney.Peter Agre, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science
Water passes through the cell membrane via channels called aquaporins. These channels are so small that water molecules travel through in single file, while larger molecules cannot enter.Julie Rehmeyer, New Scientist

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“Aquaporin.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/aquaporin. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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