2. [syn: membrane, tissue layer]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Membrane \Mem"brane\, n. [F., fr. L. membrana the skin that
covers the separate members of the body, fr. L. membrum. See
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.
Note: The term is also often applied to the thin, expanded
parts, of various texture, both in animals and
Adventitious membrane, a membrane connecting parts not
usually connected, or of a different texture from the
ordinary connection; as, the membrane of a cicatrix.
Jacob's membrane. See under Retina.
Mucous membranes (Anat.), the membranes lining passages and
cavities which communicate with the exterior, as well as
ducts and receptacles of secretion, and habitually
Schneiderian membrane. (Anat.) See Schneiderian.
Serous membranes (Anat.), the membranes, like the
peritoneum and pleura, which line, or lie in, cavities
having no obvious outlet, and secrete a serous fluid.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a thin pliable sheet of material
2: a pliable sheet of tissue that covers or lines or connects
the organs or cells of animals or plants [syn: membrane,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
62 Moby Thesaurus words for "membrane":
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