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cad·her·in

 (kăd-hîr′ĭn)
n.
Any of a group of proteins that span the plasma membrane of eukaryotic cells and, in the presence of calcium, bind to identical proteins in adjacent cells, thus linking cells together in tissues.

[Blend of ca(lcium) + adher(e) + -in.]