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Meaning of MEMBRANE

Pronunciation:  'membreyn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a thin pliable sheet of material
  2. [n]  a pliable sheet of tissue that covers or lines or connects organs or cells of animals

MEMBRANE is a 8 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: tissue layer
 See Also: adventitia, animal tissue, axolemma, basilar membrane, Bowman's capsule, capsula glomeruli, chorioallantoic membrane, chorioallantois, choroid, choroid coat, ciliary body, cornea, diaphragm, drumhead, eardrum, endocranium, endosteum, ependyma, fertilization membrane, fetal membrane, flat solid, gel, gelatin, glomerular capsule, head, hyaloid membrane, intima, iris, lamella, lens capsule, meninges, meninx, midriff, mucosa, mucous membrane, myringa, periosteum, perithelium, phospholipid, retina, sarcolemma, semipermeable membrane, serosa, serous membrane, sheet, synovial membrane, synovium, trophoblast, tunic, tunica, tympanic membrane, tympanum, web



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mem"brane\, n. [F., fr. L. membrana the skin that
covers the separate members of the body, fr. L. membrum. See
{Member}.] (Anat.)
A thin layer or fold of tissue, usually supported by a
fibrous network, serving to cover or line some part or organ,
and often secreting or absorbing certain fluids.

Note: The term is also often applied to the thin, expanded
      parts, of various texture, both in animals and

{Adventitious membrane}, a membrane connecting parts not
   usually connected, or of a different texture from the
   ordinary connection; as, the membrane of a cicatrix.

{Jacob's membrane}. See under {Retina}.

{Mucous membranes} (Anat.), the membranes lining passages and
   cavities which communicate with the exterior, as well as
   ducts and receptacles of secretion, and habitually
   secreting mucus.

{Schneiderian membrane}. (Anat.) See {Schneiderian}.

{Serous membranes} (Anat.), the membranes, like the
   peritoneum and pleura, which line, or lie in, cavities
   having no obvious outlet, and secrete a serous fluid.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: A very thin layer of tissue that covers a surface.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: allantoic membrane, amnion, amniotic sac, arachnoid membrane, basement membrane, coat, coating, collop, conjuctiva, covering, cut, deal, disk, eardrum, feuille, film, flap, foil, fold, hymen, lamella, lamina, laminated glass, laminated wood, lap, leaf, maidenhead, membrana serosa, membrana tympana, meninges, meninx, neurilemma, pane, panel, patina, peel, pellicle, pericardium, perineurium, plait, plank, plate, plating, pleura, ply, plywood, rasher, safety glass, scum, serosa, sheet, skin, slab, slat, slice, table, tablet, tympanic membrane, tympanum, velum, veneer, wafer