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Pronunciation: dez'mo-som

Definition: A site of adhesion between two epithelial cells consisting, in each cell, of a dense attachment plaque with associated intermediate filaments and transmembrane proteins known as cadherins.

Synonym(s): bridge corpuscle, macula adherens

[desmo- + G. soma, body]

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