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

Examples of membrane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lightly trim any membranes still attached to the central core of the wedges. Washington Post, "Roasted Orange Slices," 9 Jan. 2020 The process of moving water across a semipermeable membrane is called osmosis. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Make a Potato Shrink--with Saltwater," 9 Jan. 2020 Earlier this month, the company said the factory’s membrane roofing is 60 percent complete, its concrete flooring 40 percent complete, fire protection piping 60 percent finished and underground utility piping about 75 percent done. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "A decade after decline, Alabama’s automakers are booming," 31 Dec. 2019 Reverse osmosis uses pressure to push seawater through a membrane. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "To solve global water scarcity, we need to get more serious about desalination," 30 Dec. 2019 The three-layer jacket is spun from a waterproof but breathable membrane that's lighter and softer-feeling than other hydrophobic fabrics. Matt Jancer, Wired, "The Best Gear for Not Trudging Through the Snow," 17 Dec. 2019 Winstanley has been pumping $45 million into building improvements, including 26 new loading docks, a new rubber membrane roof, new mechanical systems, signs, plantings, landscaping, lighting, sprinklers and parking lot improvements. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "International food retailer coming to Manchester, bringing 500-700 jobs," 10 Dec. 2019 Rivers could generate thousands of nuclear power plants worth of energy, thanks to a new ‘blue’ membraneGreen energy advocates may soon be turning blue. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: ‘Blue energy,’ monkey retirement, and the nitrogen crisis paralyzing the Dutch economy," 6 Dec. 2019 The sequencer contains a single sensor chip, which contains a membrane embedded with a bunch of nanopores—a fancy name for tiny holes. Sarah Scoles, Quartz, "MIT researchers are building an instrument to study genetics on Mars," 2 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of membrane was in the 15th century

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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Membrane.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/membrane. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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membrane

noun
How to pronounce membrane (audio)

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

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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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