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1 a thin pliable sheet of material
2 a pliable sheet of tissue that covers or lines or connects organs or cells of animals [syn: tissue layer]

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From Latin membrana "skin of body"


membrane (plural: membranes)
  1. A flexible enclosing or separating tissue forming a plane or film and separating two environments (usually in a plant or animal).
  2. A mechanical membrane, a thin, flat flexible part that can deform or vibrate when excited by an external force.




  1. Plural of membrana

Extensive Definition

Membrane may be:
Physical science:

See also

membrane in Czech: Membrána
membrane in Persian: غشاء
membrane in French: Membrane
membrane in Ido: Membrano
membrane in Indonesian: Membran
membrane in Italian: Membrana
membrane in Hebrew: ממברנה
membrane in Latvian: Membrāna
membrane in Polish: Membrana
membrane in Russian: Мембрана
membrane in Ukrainian: Мембрана

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

allantoic membrane, amnion, amniotic sac, arachnoid membrane, basement membrane, coat, coating, collop, conjuctiva, covering, cut, deal, disk, eardrum, feuille, film, flap, foil, fold, hymen, lamella, lamina, laminated glass, laminated wood, lap, leaf, maidenhead, membrana serosa, membrana tympana, meninges, meninx, neurilemma, pane, panel, patina, peel, pellicle, pericardium, perineurium, plait, plank, plate, plating, pleura, ply, plywood, rasher, safety glass, scum, serosa, sheet, skin, slab, slat, slice, table, tablet, tympanic membrane, tympanum, velum, veneer, wafer
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