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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A globulin, the chief ingredient which separates from muscle-plasma on coagulation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Physiol. Chem.) A protein present in muscle, serving as the principle contractile protein in muscle contraction.

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  • noun biochemistry A large family of motor proteins found in eukaryotic tissues, allowing mobility in muscles.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the commonest protein in muscle; a globulin that combines with actin to form actomyosin

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Greek muos, genitive of mūs, muscle; see myo– + –in.]

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myo- ("relating to muscle"), from Ancient Greek μυός (muos), genitive of μῦς (mus, "muscle") + -in.

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