Medical Dictionary

Descemet's membrane

noun Des·ce·met's membrane \ˌdes(-ə)-ˌmāz-\

Medical Definition of Descemet's membrane

  1. :  a transparent highly elastic apparently structureless membrane that covers the inner surface of the cornea and is lined with endothelium—called also membrane of Descemet, posterior elastic lamina

Biographical Note for descemet's membrane


\des-mā\play ,


(1732–1810), French physician. Descemet's areas of study ranged from treatment of gout and measles to the anatomy of the eye and skin. Around 1759 he published a complete description of the membrane now known as Descemet's membrane, which had been first described in 1729 by a British ophthalmologist, Benedict Duddell.

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