intermediate filament


: any of a class of usually insoluble cellular protein fibers (as cytokeratin or a neurofilament) composed of various fibrous polypeptides that serve especially to provide structural stability and strength to the cytoskeleton and are intermediate in diameter between microfilaments and microtubules

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“Intermediate filament.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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