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dynein

Pronunciation: din'en

Definition: A protein associated with motile structures that exhibits adenosine triphosphatase activity; it forms “arms” on the outer microtubules of cilia and flagella. It functions as a molecular motor.

[dyne + protein]

See Also: tubulin, dynein arm

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