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microfilament

Line breaks: micro|fila¦ment
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɪkrə(ʊ)ˌfɪləm(ə)nt
 
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Definition of microfilament in English:

noun

Biology
A small rod-like structure, about 4-7 nanometres in diameter, present in numbers in the cytoplasm of many eukaryotic cells.
Example sentences
  • Actin is the major constituent protein of microfilaments in eukaryotic cells.
  • Some cells possessed abundant, randomly arranged thin microfilaments in their cytoplasm.
  • If microfilaments antagonize microtubules, this uneven distribution of microfilaments should affect microtubule morphology.

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