Definition of Adhesin

1. Noun. (biochemistry) Any of several factors that enable bacteria to adhere to epithelial surfaces as a step towards infection ¹



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Medical Definition of Adhesin

1. Microbial surface antigens that frequently exist in the form of filamentous projections (pili or fimbriae) and bind to specific receptors on epithelial cell membranes; usually classified according to their ability to induce agglutination of erythrocytes from various species, their differential attachment to epithelial cells of various origins, or their susceptibility to reversal of such binding activities in the presence of mannose. Origin: L. Ad-haereo, pp. Ad-haesum, to stick to, + -in (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Adhesin

adherend
adherends
adherens junction
adherens junctions
adherent pericardium
adherent placenta
adherently
adherents
adherer
adherers
adheres
adhering
adhering junction
adheringly
adhesin (current term)
adhesins
adhesio interthalamica
adhesion
adhesion-related kinase
adhesion contract
adhesion dyspepsia
adhesion molecules
adhesion phenomenon
adhesion structures linked tyrosine kinase
adhesion test
adhesional
adhesionless
adhesions
adhesiotomies

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