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 American abbreviation CAM

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“Cell adhesion molecule.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/cell%20adhesion%20molecule. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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