sar·​co·​lem·​ma | \ ˌsär-kə-ˈle-mə How to pronounce sarcolemma (audio) \

Definition of sarcolemma

: the membrane enclosing a striated muscle fiber

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Other Words from sarcolemma

sarcolemmal \ ˌsär-​kə-​ˈle-​məl How to pronounce sarcolemmal (audio) \ adjective

Examples of sarcolemma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Curiously, the fungus destroyed the sarcolemma, a kind of sheath around the muscle fibers. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Now We Know How the Zombie Ant Gets Its Bite," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of sarcolemma

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sarcolemma

sarco- + Greek lémma "rind, husk" — more at lemma entry 2

Note: Term introduced by the English surgeon and histologist William Bowman (1816-92) in "On the minute structure and movements of voluntary muscle," Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 1840, part II, p. 475.

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“Sarcolemma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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sar·​co·​lem·​ma | \ ˌsär-kə-ˈlem-ə How to pronounce sarcolemma (audio) \

Medical Definition of sarcolemma

: the thin transparent homogeneous sheath enclosing a striated muscle fiber

Other Words from sarcolemma

sarcolemmal \ -​əl How to pronounce sarcolemmal (audio) \ adjective

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