Definition of Desmosome

1. Noun. (biology) A structural unit that functions in the adhesion of cells to form tissue ¹



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Definition of Desmosome

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Medical Definition of Desmosome

1. Specialised cell junction characteristic of epithelia into which intermediate filaments (tonofilaments of cytokeratin) are inserted. The gap between plasma membranes is of the order of 25-30nm and the intercellular space has a medial band of electron dense material. Desmosomes are particularly conspicuous in tissues such as skin that have to withstand mechanical stress. Origin: Gr. Soma = body This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Literary usage of Desmosome

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1. Reviews in Environmental Health (1998): Toxicological Defense Mechanics edited by Gary E. R. Hook, George W. Lucier (2000)
"... dysplasia: a disease apparently of desmosome and gap junction formation. Am J Hum Genet 31:414-427(1979). 69. Ohkusa T, Yamamoto M, Kataoka K, ..."

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