membrane

noun
mem·​brane | \ ˈmem-ˌbrān How to pronounce membrane (audio) \

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 How to pronounce membraned (audio) \ adjective

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Turing’s 1952 paper did not explicitly address the filtering of saltwater through membranes to produce freshwater. New York Times, "How the Father of Computer Science Decoded Nature’s Mysterious Patterns," 8 May 2018 One of the takeaways from the 2019 Tony Award nominations, which were announced this morning, is that the membrane between the commercial world of Broadway and the more experimental world of downtown theater is becoming increasingly porous. Adam Green, Vogue, "Takeaways From the 2019 Tony Nominations: Downtown Comes to Broadway," 30 Apr. 2019 This damage often occurs when people are sick and blowing their nose too hard and too often, which can cause little tears in the membranes lining the inside of the nose—which are often already inflamed from fighting off infection, Dr. Sindwani says. Amy Marturana, SELF, "What Your Snot Can Tell You About Your Health," 26 Dec. 2018 Your feet will sweat a bit more when wearing shoes or boots with this sort of membrane layer. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Hiking Boots for Exploring the Outdoors," 9 Apr. 2019 They’re made out of fabric with a porous membrane, with each pore 20,000 times smaller than a water droplet. Matt Jancer, Outside Online, "A Eulogy to the Sierra Designs Ultralight Trench," 12 June 2018 The cancer signature detected probably comes from changes in the glycocalyx, a protein and lipid sheath that surrounds the membranes of cells lining the bladder. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Just pee in a cup for bladder cancer detection," 10 Dec. 2018 The patent application goes on to say that the gasket could comprise of a layer of silicone that would act as a membrane. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Apple’s redesigned MacBook Pro keyboard uses new method for repelling dust, reports iFixit," 14 July 2018 Griffin lost his hand because of amniotic-band constriction, a prenatal condition that occurs when a strand of amniotic membrane becomes wrapped around a fetal appendage, preventing its proper development. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "Senior Bowl's Shaquem Griffin making NFL scouts forget how many hands he has," 25 Jan. 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 How to pronounce membrane (audio) \

Kids Definition of membrane

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

membrane

noun
mem·​brane | \ ˈmem-ˌbrān How to pronounce membrane (audio) \

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 How to pronounce membraned (audio) \ adjective

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