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cell adhesion molecule

noun

medical Definition of cell adhesion molecule

:any of various molecules (such as cadherins, integrins, and selectins) on the surface of a cell that bring about adhesion by binding to molecules on the surface of other cells or on extracellular material
  • Certain of the [extracellular] matrix molecules bind well to specific molecules (cell adhesion molecules) on the growth cones and thus provide anchors for growing axons.
  • —John W. McDonald et al.Scientific AmericanSeptember 1999
abbreviation CAM called also adhesion molecule

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