medical Definition of cadherin
- The X-ray crystallography showed that adjacent cadherins on the same cell would tend to form pairs. Furthermore, the tip of a cadherin from a neighboring cell would fit neatly between the two members of a pair, forming chemical bonds with both.
- —Josie Glausiusz, Discover, September 1995
- Cadherins are critical mediators of metazoan cell adhesion and signaling and provide the structural basis for vital developmental processes, including tissue morphogenesis and maintenance, cell sorting, and cell polarization …
- —Monika Abedin et al., Science, 15 Feb. 2008