membranous

adjective
mem·​bra·​nous | \ ˈmem-brə-nəs How to pronounce membranous (audio) \

Definition of membranous

1 : of, relating to, or resembling membrane
2 : thin, pliable, and often somewhat transparent membranous leaves
3 : characterized or accompanied by the formation of a usually abnormal membrane or membranous layer membranous croup

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Other Words from membranous

membranously adverb

Examples of membranous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Extracellular vesicles and viruses, Margolis argues, are part of a continuum of membranous particles produced by cells. Quanta Magazine, "Cells Talk in a Language That Looks Like Viruses," 2 May 2018 Now that humans are aware of this shared membranous medium for transporting information between cells, the idea is paving the way for new discoveries and the development of new therapeutics for cancer and viral diseases. Quanta Magazine, "Cells Talk in a Language That Looks Like Viruses," 2 May 2018 The nucleus itself is often treated as no more than a featureless membranous bag for holding the vitally dynamic genetic material. Quanta Magazine, "In the Nucleus, Genes’ Activity Might Depend on Their Location," 6 Nov. 2018 Over time, scientists noticed that these membranous flakes appeared in a wide range of cell cultures and body fluids, such as plasma and blood. Quanta Magazine, "Cells Talk in a Language That Looks Like Viruses," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of membranous

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Membranous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/membranous. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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membranous

adjective
mem·​bra·​nous | \ ˈmem-brə-nəs How to pronounce membranous (audio) \

Kids Definition of membranous

: made of or like membrane membranous body tissue

membranous

adjective
mem·​bra·​nous | \ ˈmem-brə-nəs How to pronounce membranous (audio) \

Medical Definition of membranous

1 : of, relating to, or resembling membranes a membranous lining
2 : characterized or accompanied by the formation of a usually abnormal membrane or membranous layer membranous croup

Other Words from membranous

membranously adverb

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