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cytochalasins

Pronunciation: si'to-kal'a-zinz

Definition: A group of substances derived from molds that disaggregate the microfilaments of the cell and interfere with the division of cytoplasm, inhibit cell movement, and cause extrusion of the nucleus; used for investigations in cell biology.

[cyto- + G. chalasis, a relaxing]

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