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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Even small amounts can penetrate your skin and enter mucus membranes to cause severe and drawn-out pain that may last a half hour. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is Exactly How Tear Gas Affects Your Body," 26 Nov. 2018 No one is really alone at the moment of death, perhaps, because the membrane is very thin here: between past and present, life and death, corporeal and ephemeral, body and mind. Sallie Tisdale, Good Housekeeping, "Everything to Expect, Say, and Do When a Loved One Is About to Die," 13 June 2018 Flushed with success, Dr Zhang is now turning his attention to the reverse-osmosis membranes. The Economist, "A membrane that can remove salts from water more efficiently," 3 May 2018 Some scientists think that Lemierre syndrome may develop when bacteria invades a person’s mucosa, which is the membrane that lines various parts of the body, GARD says. Korin Miller, SELF, "A 23-Year-Old College Student Died From Lemierre Syndrome, a Rare Infection She Thought Was Tonsillitis," 6 Nov. 2018 Waterproof boots needs specialized machinery to restitch without piercing the membrane. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "A Guide to Making Your Hiking Boots Last Forever," 23 May 2018 But those were all pre-Trump (Iannucci left Veep in 2015), before the membrane between political comedy and political reality had been ruptured so completely. Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, "The Death of Stalin Is a Wicked Farce," 16 Mar. 2018 Squeeze the membrane to extract any remaining juice. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Zesty Shrimp Salad with Couscous," 9 Mar. 2018 Microbiologists in the Netherlands decided to test this notion by re-creating a primitive organism with a hybrid-lipid membrane. Prachi Patel, Scientific American, "Engineered Microbe Shakes Up the Tree of Life," 13 July 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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