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 membrane (audio) \ adjective

Examples of membrane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their UltraDry membrane also keeps your feet from getting wet. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Clothing and accessories that make great gifts," 6 Oct. 2020 Parts of the roof have bulges up to 12 inches high from moisture infiltrating the membrane, which is under warranty. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Cleaning, repairs to begin at Alamo's Long Barrack, one of the oldest structures in Texas," 8 Feb. 2021 Another daughter started working there as a membrane skinner this fall, attracted by the starting wage of $17 an hour, which was higher than her job at a medical equipment company. Michael Grabell, ProPublica, "As COVID-19 Ravaged This Iowa City, Officials Discovered Meatpacking Executives Were the Ones in Charge," 21 Dec. 2020 According to the post, tents or membrane-like structures are required to have adequate ventilation of fresh air being brought in, and inside air being exhausted. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Connecticut resolution allows igloos, outdoor dining structures, overturning ban," 7 Nov. 2020 Despite lots of stitching on the nubuck leather upper (and therefore potential spots for moisture to sneak in), the boot stayed completely dry inside during our waterproof test thanks to Oboz’s BDry membrane and the gusseted tongue. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "Winter is No Match for These Top-Performing Snow Boots," 5 Nov. 2020 Li, Halas and their colleagues have built a solar desalination device with a porous plastic membrane that lets water vapor through but not liquid. Prachi Patel, Scientific American, "Sunlight Powers Portable, Inexpensive Systems to Produce Drinking Water," 26 Jan. 2021 The intra-office chat rooms of her unnamed company were plastered with cartoonish emojis, dedicated to hobbies as well internal business communications, and thus constantly permeating the membrane between business and pleasure. Richard Cooke, The New Republic, "The Perpetual Disappointment of Remote Work," 4 Jan. 2021 The membrane that separates the cathode and anode sides was operated carefully to prevent the CO2 from fouling it up, for example. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Mars’ underground brine could be a good source of oxygen," 30 Nov. 2020

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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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25 Feb 2021

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“Membrane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/membrane. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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 membrane (audio) \ adjective

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