desmosome

[ dez-muh-sohm ]
/ ˈdɛz məˌsoʊm /

noun Cell Biology.

a plaquelike site on a cell surface that functions in maintaining cohesion with an adjacent cell.

Origin of desmosome

1930–35; < Greek desm(ós) band, chain (see desmid) + -o- + -some2
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British Dictionary definitions for desmosome

desmosome
/ (ˈdɛsməˌsəʊm) /

noun

cytology a structure in the cell membranes of adjacent cells that binds them together
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Medicine definitions for desmosome

desmosome
[ dĕzmə-sōm′ ]

n.

A structure that forms the site of adhesion between two cells, consisting of a dense plate in each adjacent cell separated by a thin layer of extracellular material.macula adherens
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