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Definition of Endoplasmic reticulum

Endoplasmic reticulum: A structure within cells that is an extension of the nuclear membrane and in which proteins slated to become part of the nuclear membrane are translated, folded and transported. Abbreviated ER.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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