adhering junction


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adhering junction

[ad¦hir·iŋ ′jəŋk·shən]
(cell and molecular biology)
An intercellular junction that promotes adhesion between cells. Also known as desmosome.
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Dense periodic material suggestive of a second type of junction occupies the clefts between cells subjacent to the apical adhering junctions. The T.
Thus, the ubiquitous presence of continuous belts of adhering junctions, or zonulae adherens, provides the principal impedance barrier to diffusion of higher molecular weight dextrans across the epithelium.