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noun Biochemistry.
  1. the principal contractile protein of muscle.
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Origin of myosin

First recorded in 1865–70; my- + -ose2 + -in2
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Examples from the Web for myosin

Historical Examples

  • Another similar experiment made with antipeptone, formed from the myosin of muscle-tissue, gave like results.

    On Digestive Proteolysis

    R. H. Chittenden

  • The pemmican we used consisted of powdered dried beef (containing the important protein, myosin) and 50 per cent.

  • Other forms of protein are globulin and myosin, which form the actual muscle-substance.

    Encyclopedia of Diet

    Eugene Christian

  • Into this special class fall myosin (of the muscles), fibrinogen (of the blood) and vitellin (of egg yolk).

    Animal Proteins

    Hugh Garner Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for myosin


  1. the chief protein of muscle that interacts with actin to form actomyosin during muscle contraction; it is also present in many other cell types
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Word Origin

C19: from myo- + -ose ² + -in
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

myosin in Medicine


  1. The commonest protein in muscle cells, a globulin responsible for the elastic and contractile properties of muscle and combining with actin to form actomyosin.
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myosin in Science


  1. A protein found in muscle tissue as a thick filament made up of an aggregate of similar proteins. Myosin and the protein actin form the contractile units (sarcomeres) of skeletal muscle. In the sarcomere, actin and myosin filaments slide past each other to cause the shortening of a muscle fiber.
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