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desmosome Syllabification: des·mo·some
Pronunciation: /ˈdezməˌsōm/

Definition of desmosome in English:


A structure by which two adjacent cells are attached, formed from protein plaques in the cell membranes linked by filaments.
Example sentences
  • Specialized structures were present, including microvilli of varying length, desmosomes, and cell membrane interdigitations.
  • Hence the plug is a specialized cytoplasmic structure, unlike desmosomes, gap junctions, or septate junctions, which are formed from membrane appositions.
  • The diagnosis was confirmed by the ultrastructural demonstration of large desmosomes and long microvilli at the cell surface.


Pronunciation: /ˌdezməˈsōməl/
Example sentences
  • Ultrastructural examination of the paraffin-embedded tissue demonstrated long and thin interdigitating cytoplasmic processes and desmosomal cell junctions between adjacent cell processes.
  • Focal neuroendocrine membrane-bound dense-core granules surrounded by a slender halo and desmosomal intercellular junctions were demonstrated.
  • They connect with the developing keratinocytes through intercellular connections, or desmosomal junctions.


1930s: from Greek desmos 'bond, chain' + -some3.

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