cytoskeleton
cytoskeleton cy`to*skel"e*ton (s[imac]`t[-o]*sk[e^]l"[i^]*t'n), n. (Cell Biology) An arrangement of microtubules, microfilaments, and larger filaments within a cell serving to provide structural support of components of the cell, and to transport components from one part of the cell to another; the filaments are composed of protein and form a latticelike arrangement which may change rapidly with time. [PJC]

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  • Cytoskeleton — The eukaryotic cytoskeleton. Actin filaments are shown in red, microtubules in green, and the nuclei are in blue. The cytoskeleton (also CSK) is a cellular scaffolding or skeleton contained within a cell s cytoplasm and is made out of protein.… …   Wikipedia

  • cytoskeleton — cytoskeletal, adj. /suy teuh skel i tn/, n. Cell Biol. a shifting lattice arrangement of structural and contractile components distributed throughout the cell cytoplasm, composed of microtubules, microfilaments, and larger filaments, functioning… …   Universalium

  • cytoskeleton — General term for the internal components of animal cells which give them structural strength and motility: plant cells and bacteria use an extracellular cell wall instead. The major components of cytoskeleton are the microfilaments (of actin),… …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • cytoskeleton — The tonofilaments, keratin, desmin, neurofilaments, or other intermediate filaments serving to act as supportive cytoplasmic elements to stiffen cells or to organize intracellular organelles. * * * cy·to·skel·e·ton .sīt ō skel ət ən n the network …   Medical dictionary

  • Cytoskeleton — ląstelės griaučiai statusas T sritis histologija, ląstelių chemija, histologinė chemija, audinių kultūra atitikmenys: lot. Cytoskeleton ryšiai: platesnis terminas – citoplazmos organelės ir intarpai …   Veterinarinės anatomijos, histologijos ir embriologijos terminai

  • Cytoskeleton — ląstelės griaučiai statusas T sritis histologija atitikmenys: lot. Cytoskeleton ryšiai: platesnis terminas – citoplazmos organelės ir intarpai …   Medicininės histologijos ir embriologijos vardynas

  • cytoskeleton — noun Date: 1940 the network of protein filaments and microtubules in the cytoplasm that controls cell shape, maintains intracellular organization, and is involved in cell movement • cytoskeletal adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cytoskeleton — (si to skel ē ton) A network of microfilaments, microtubules, intermediate filaments, and other components in the cytoplasm of eucaryotic cells that helps give them shape …   Dictionary of microbiology

  • cytoskeleton — noun A cellular structure like a skeleton, contained within the cytoplasm …   Wiktionary

  • cytoskeleton — noun Biology a microscopic network of protein filaments and tubules in the cytoplasm of many living cells, giving them shape and coherence. Derivatives cytoskeletal adjective …   English new terms dictionary

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