from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Biology A thin, pliable layer of tissue covering surfaces or separating or connecting regions, structures, or organs of an animal or a plant.
- n. Biology Cell membrane.
- n. A piece of parchment.
- n. Chemistry A thin sheet of natural or synthetic material that is permeable to substances in solution.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A flexible enclosing or separating tissue forming a plane or film and separating two environments (usually in a plant or animal).
- n. A mechanical, thin, flat flexible part that can deform or vibrate when excited by an external force.
- n. A flexible or semi-flexible covering or waterproofing whose primary function is to exclude water.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A thin layer or fold of tissue, usually supported by a fibrous network, serving to cover or line some part or organ, and often secreting or absorbing certain fluids.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A thin pliable expansive structure of the body; an expansion of any soft tissue or part in the form of a sheet or layer, investing or lining some other structure or connecting two or more structures.
- n. In entomology, specifically, the membranous terminal part of a hemielytrum; the membrane of the fore wing of a hemipter. See cut under clavus.
- n. A skin prepared for being written on.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a thin pliable sheet of material
- n. a pliable sheet of tissue that covers or lines or connects the organs or cells of animals or plants
He searching the darkness with his eyes, reaching tentatively towards a mirror that no longer showed a reflection he recognized, and she pressed against the membrane from the other side, frozen in place.
I loathe the feel of it as I peel the membrane from the inside.
Oyster beds are dead and dying with the offspring unable to survive due to changes in membrane viscosity caused by the dispersant.
Recently, needle septostomy through the inter-twin membrane, has been reported as a treatment for Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome.
The inter-twin membrane has two layers (amnion-amnion) in monochorionic gestations, which appear thin, versus three layers (amnion-chorion-amnion) in dichorionic gestations.
Wave Garden's piezo-electro membrane is a flexible electric generator, where bending the material or applying stress creates an electric charge.
While looking for a problem to study by X-ray diffraction, I got to know Mark Bretscher, the only person at the LMB interested in membrane structure, and he suggested reading a paper just published by Francis Crick titled A General Model for
The fossil is similar to modern-day flying squirrels, with a skin membrane stretched out between fore - and hind-limbs, presumably enabling it to glide from tree to tree.
With every mitosis, the nuclear membrane is regenerated.
Although the nuclear membrane is recycled, the lipids that are involved are biomembranes, generated by lipid-forming enzymes.