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

Other Words from membrane

membraned \ ˈmem-​ˌbrānd How to pronounce membrane (audio) \ adjective

Examples of membrane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In recent years, the discovery of a new type of membrane-free cell, called a coacervate, has led to some ideas. Monique Brouillette, Popular Mechanics, 19 Apr. 2022 The conglomerates are not bound by a membrane, but rather are held together by the physical properties of their components. Monique Brouillette, Popular Mechanics, 19 Apr. 2022 These specialized receptors have a membrane with thousands of nerve endings that can detect small discrepancies in temperature at distances of up to three feet. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Mar. 2022 In a reverse osmosis system, water is pushed through a filter membrane with small pores, according to the DHS. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Feb. 2022 The fast-drying mesh upper is breathable thanks to a water-resistant membrane, hugging the shoe to your feet and keeping you dry. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, 16 Feb. 2022 This light beam then goes on to interact with the membrane, which is vibrating. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 7 Feb. 2022 That shape requires specific proteins to stiffen the membrane, which protocells almost certainly lacked. Quanta Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 Pterosaurs had a muscular membrane stretched between a ridiculously long ring finger and their ankles -- almost like a modern flying squirrel, Gold said. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 22 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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“Membrane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/membrane. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for membrane

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 membrane (audio) \ adjective

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