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spectrin

[spek-trin]
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noun Biochemistry.
  1. a rodlike structural protein of the red blood cell membrane.
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Origin of spectrin

1968; spect(e)r (cf. ghost def. 12) + -in2
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British Dictionary definitions for spectrin

spectrin

noun
  1. any one of a class of fibrous proteins found in the membranes of red blood cells, the brain, the intestine, etc
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Word Origin

C20: from spectr (e) + -in, referring to the ghosts (isolated cell membranes) of red blood cells, the source of the first known member of the class
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spectrin in Medicine

spectrin

(spĕktrĭn)
n.
  1. A contractile protein of high molecular weight that is a component of a network in the membrane of red blood cells, giving the cells flexibility.
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