basement membrane

noun

: a thin membranous layer of connective tissue that separates a layer of epithelial cells from the underlying lamina propia

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Recent Examples on the Web The body reacts to a component of skin called the basement membrane. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 30 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

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“Basement membrane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/basement%20membrane. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

basement membrane

noun
base·​ment membrane ˌbā-smənt- How to pronounce basement membrane (audio)
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: a thin extracellular supporting layer that separates a layer of epithelial cells from the underlying lamina propria and is composed of the basal lamina and reticular lamina
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