membrane

noun
mem·brane | \ˈmem-ˌbrān \

Definition of membrane 

1 : a thin soft pliable sheet or layer especially of animal or plant origin

2 : a piece of parchment forming part of a roll

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Other Words from membrane

membraned \ˈmem-ˌbrānd \ adjective

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Like Giddey's membrane reactors, the ceramic fuel cells sacrifice some efficiency for output. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 The silica membrane bungalow was constructed on a 300 by 300 micrometer plot of wire via a nanorobotics system that makes use of an ion gun, gas injection system, and vacuum chamber. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This is truly the world’s tiniest tiny house," 25 May 2018 Speaking of hotkeys and lighting, the anti-ghosting membrane keyboard is RGB backlit with four lighting zones supporting up to 16.8 million colors. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "The Acer Predator Helios 500 is a gaming laptop that's overclockable in all the right places," 25 May 2018 Lane was eventually placed on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine, which is used to help filter the blood and provide enough oxygen and is a common treatment method for severe cases of HPS, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Know About Hantavirus—the Rare Illness That Killed a Woman in New Mexico," 2 May 2018 The 113-acre estate outside of Healdsburg, which Silver Oak hopes will earn platinum certification for energy efficiency, features 2,595 solar panels and a membrane bioreactor for wastewater treatment. Urmila Ramakrishnan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Free tastings cap North Bay’s rich wine scene," 19 Apr. 2018 The system—a type of two-component signal transduction system—involves a protein embedded in the bacteria’s membrane that responds to some environmental cue. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Deadly superbug just got scarier—it can mysteriously thwart last-resort drug," 9 Mar. 2018 While the seeds sink to the bottom, any white membrane bits that come out will float the top. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appetit, "How to Seed a Pomegranate Because There's Only One Good Way," 15 Feb. 2018 As Frazer reports, the new study lends support to the membrane hypothesis of anesthesia. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "What Sedated Plants Can Teach Scientists About Anesthetizing People," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of membrane

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for membrane

Middle English, from Latin membrana skin, parchment, from membrum

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membrane

noun

English Language Learners Definition of membrane

: a thin sheet or layer; especially : a thin sheet or layer of tissue that is part of a plant or an animal's body

membrane

noun
mem·brane | \ˈmem-ˌbrān \

Kids Definition of membrane

: a thin soft flexible layer especially of animal or plant tissue mucous membranes

membrane

noun
mem·brane | \ˈmem-ˌbrān \

Medical Definition of membrane 

1 : a thin soft pliable sheet or layer especially of animal or plant origin

2 : a limiting protoplasmic surface or interface — see nuclear membrane, plasma membrane

Other Words from membrane

membraned \ˈmem-ˌbrānd \ adjective

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