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Definition of "myosin" [my•o•sin]

  • The commonest protein in muscle cells, responsible for the elastic and contractile properties of muscle. It combines with actin to form actomyosin. (noun)

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Use "myosin" in a sentence
  • "The motor protein myosin, for example, is involved in the the contraction of muscle fibers in animals."
  • "Every technical explanation in the literature (that iv'e seen) as to why myosin is a motor referrs to the actual definition of a motor."
  • "When myosin is activated, the contractile filaments slide apart and the muscle cell relaxes."