- Desmosomes are intercellular anchoring junctions that anchor intermediate filaments at membrane-associated plaques in adjoining cells. Desmosomes assemble in response to cell-cell contact and raised levels of extracellular calcium. Sensitivity to calcium levels is lost as desmosomes mature.
Definition from: NCI Thesaurus via Unified Medical Language System at the National Library of Medicine
- A specialized local thickening of the plasma membrane of an epithelial cell that serves to anchor contiguous cells together.
Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary by Merriam-Webster Inc.
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See also Understanding Medical Terminology.