neu·​ri·​lem·​ma | \ ˌnu̇r-ə-ˈle-mə How to pronounce neurilemma (audio) , ˌnyu̇r-\

Definition of neurilemma

: the plasma membrane surrounding a Schwann cell of a myelinated nerve fiber and separating layers of myelin

Other Words from neurilemma

neurilemmal \ ˌnu̇r-​ə-​ˈle-​məl How to pronounce neurilemmal (audio) , ˌnyu̇r-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of neurilemma

1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neurilemma

New Latin, from neur- + Greek eilēma covering, coil, from eilein to wind; akin to Greek eilyein to wrap — more at voluble

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about neurilemma

Share neurilemma

Statistics for neurilemma

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for neurilemma

The first known use of neurilemma was in 1852

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for neurilemma


neu·​ri·​lem·​ma | \ ˌn(y)u̇r-ə-ˈlem-ə How to pronounce neurilemma (audio) \
variants: also neurolemma

Medical Definition of neurilemma

: the outer layer surrounding a Schwann cell of a myelinated axon

called also nerve sheath, Schwann's sheath, sheath of Schwann

Other Words from neurilemma

neurilemmal \ -​ˈlem-​əl How to pronounce neurilemmal (audio) \ adjective

Comments on neurilemma

What made you want to look up neurilemma? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a flaw that causes the downfall of a hero

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!