epiphragm

noun
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, 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of epiphragm

circa 1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for epiphragm

borrowed from New Latin epiphragma, borrowed from Greek epíphragma "lid, cover," from epiphrak-, stem of epiphrássein "to block up" (from epi- epi- + phrássein, Attic phráttein "to fence in, enclose, block," of obscure origin) + -ma, resultative noun suffix

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“Epiphragm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epiphragm. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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