medical Definition of spectrin
- The erythrocyte cytoskeleton, which consists primarily of a meshwork of spectrin and actin, controls cell shape and the disposition of protein within the membrane.
- —Robert Siman et al., Nature, 17 Jan. 1985
- A number of genetic diseases (hemolytic anemias) characterized by fragile, abnormally shaped erythrocytes have been traced to mutations in ankyrin or spectrin.
- —Gerald Karp, Cell and Molecular Biology: Concepts and Experiments, 6th edition, 2010