Cadherin definition

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Any of a group of proteins that span the plasma membrane of eukaryotic cells and, in the presence of calcium, bind to identical proteins in adjacent cells, thus linking cells together in tissues.
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(biochemistry) Any of a class of transmembrane proteins important in maintaining tissue structure.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cadherin
Plural:
cadherins

Origin of cadherin

  • From calcium-dependent adhesion molecules and -in.

    From Wiktionary