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noun mem·brane \ˈmem-ˌbrān\

Definition of membrane

  1. 1 :  a thin soft pliable sheet or layer especially of animal or plant origin

  2. 2 :  a piece of parchment forming part of a roll

membraned

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Origin and Etymology of membrane

Middle English, from Latin membrana skin, parchment, from membrum


MEMBRANE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of membrane for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

membrane

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noun mem·brane \ˈmem-ˌbrān\

Definition of membrane for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

membrane

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noun mem·brane \ˈmem-ˌbrān\

Medical Definition of membrane

  1. 1:  a thin soft pliable sheet or layer especially of animal or plant origin

  2. 2:  a limiting protoplasmic surface or interface—see nuclear membrane, plasma membrane

membraned

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