keratin filaments

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ker·a·tin fil·a·ments

a class of intermediate filaments that form a network within epithelial cells and anchor to desmosomes, thus imparting tensile strength to the tissue.
See also: tonofilament.
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Nonspecific intermediate filaments were present but no cytokeratin filaments or myofilaments.
Distribution of cytokeratin filaments and vimentin in developing human taste buds.
Microscopically, the liver cells are found to contain Mallory bodies surrounded by neutrophils attracted by chemotaxis to the denatured cytokeratin filaments. The clinical manifestations of acute alcoholic hepatitis may include jaundice, peripheral edema, hepatomegaly, and ascites.