ep·​i·​phragm | \ ˈe-pə-ˌfram How to pronounce epiphragm (audio) \

Definition of epiphragm

: a closing membrane or septum (as of a snail shell or a moss capsule)

Examples of epiphragm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to keeping the snails safely secured to surfaces, this temporary adhesive, known as the epiphragm, retains moisture and prevents their bodies from drying out. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Snail-Inspired Super Glue Can Support the Weight of a 200-Pound Human," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of epiphragm

circa 1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for epiphragm

Greek epiphragma covering

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“Epiphragm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epiphragm. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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