Meaning of microtubule in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmʌɪkrə(ʊ)ˌtjuːbjuːl/


  • A microscopic tubular structure present in numbers in the cytoplasm of cells, sometimes aggregating to form more complex structures.

    ‘The dynactin complex interacts with both microtubules and microfilaments.’
    • ‘As in wild type, the cytoplasm of the cap cell has many microtubules organized parallel to the longitudinal axis of the organelle.’
    • ‘The microtubules tie the chromosomes to the mitotic spindle during cell division.’
    • ‘It was assumed that each kinetochore remained attached to the tip of its microtubule throughout the duration of the simulation.’
    • ‘The front head attaches to a microtubule with a displacement toward the plus end of the microtubule.’