ectoplasmic tube contraction
Model for amoeboid movement in which it is proposed that protrusion of a pseudopod is brought about by contraction of the sub-plasmalemmal region everywhere else in the cell thus squeezing the central cytoplasm forwards. See frontal zone contraction theory.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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