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[mem-breyn] /ˈmɛm breɪn/

Anatomy. a thin, pliable sheet or layer of animal or vegetable tissue, serving to line an organ, connect parts, etc.
Cell Biology. the thin, limiting covering of a cell or cell part.
any thin pliable sheet of material
a pliable sheetlike usually fibrous tissue that covers, lines, or connects plant and animal organs or cells
(biology) a double layer of lipid, containing some proteins, that surrounds biological cells and some of their internal structures
(physics) a two-dimensional entity postulated as a fundamental constituent of matter in superstring theories of particle physics
a skin of parchment forming part of a roll

early 15c., “thin layer of skin or tissue,” a term in anatomy, from Latin membrana “a skin, membrane; parchment (skin prepared for writing),” from membrum “limb, member of the body” (see member). The etymological sense is “that which covers the members of the body.”

membrane mem·brane (měm’brān’)



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  • Membrane expansion theory

    membrane expansion theory n. The theory that adsorption of anesthetics into membranes alters the membrane function to produce anesthesia.

  • Membrane potential

    membrane potential n. The potential inside a cell membrane measured relative to the fluid just outside; it is negative under resting conditions and becomes positive during an action potential.

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