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Medical Term:

fibronectins

Pronunciation: fi'bro-nek'tinz

Definition

High molecular weight multifunctional glycoproteins found on cell surface membranes and in blood plasma and other body fluids. Fibronectins are thought to function as adhesive ligandlike molecules that play a role in contact inhibition; also known as large external transformation sensitive protein (LETS), which is reduced after cells become transformed.

Synonym(s): zetaprotein

[L. fibra, fiber, + nexus, interconnection]

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