Cell adhesion molecule

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Definition

noun

A molecule on the cell surface that mediates binding of cell to another cell or to an acellular material (e.g. extracellular matrix)


Supplement

Many cell adhesion molecules have been identified but the predominant kinds are those belonging to four gene families, which are as follows:


Acronym: CAM

Related term(s):

  • neural cell adhesion molecule
  • intercellular cell adhesion molecule (ICAM)