vitelline membrane

noun

Definition of vitelline membrane 

: a membrane enclosing an egg that comprises the zona pellucida in mammals and that upon fertilization splits off from the surface of the egg forming a fertilization membrane in many invertebrates and amphibians and in some fish

First Known Use of vitelline membrane

1845, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about vitelline membrane

Share vitelline membrane

Statistics for vitelline membrane

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for vitelline membrane

The first known use of vitelline membrane was in 1845

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for vitelline membrane

vitelline membrane

noun

Medical Definition of vitelline membrane 

: a membrane enclosing the egg proper and corresponding to the plasma membrane of an ordinary cell

More from Merriam-Webster on vitelline membrane

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about vitelline membrane

Comments on vitelline membrane

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

WORD OF THE DAY

one that holds something together

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

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

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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