Smooth-surfaced endoplasmic reticulum

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(cell biology)

(A part of) endoplasmic reticulum that is tubular in form (rather than sheet-like) and lacks ribosomes, hence, it is called 'smooth'.


Its functions include lipid synthesis, carbohydrate metabolism, calcium concentration, drug detoxification, and attachment of receptors on cell membrane.

Abbreviation: SER.

Variant: smooth endoplasmic reticulum.

Compare: rough endoplasmic reticulum.
See also: endoplasmic reticulum.

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