Relating to or of the form of a membrane. SYN: hymenoid (1), membranaceous.

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mem·bra·nous 'mem-brə-nəs adj
1) of, relating to, or resembling membranes <a \membranous lining>
2) characterized or accompanied by the formation of a usu. abnormal membrane or membranous layer <\membranous croup>
mem·bra·nous·ly adv

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  • Membranous — Mem bra*nous, a. [Cf. F. membraneux.] 1. Pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling, membrane; as, a membranous covering or lining. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) Membranaceous. [1913 Webster] {Membranous croup} (Med.), true croup. See {Croup}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • membranous — (adj.) 1590s, from M.Fr. membraneux (16c.), from membrane, from L. membrana (see MEMBRANE (Cf. membrane)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • membranous — [mem′brə nā′shəs; ] often [ mem brā′nā′shəsmem′brə nəs] adj. [Fr membraneux < L membraneus] 1. of, having the nature of, or like membrane 2. characterized by the forming of a membrane: said of some diseases: Also membranaceous [mem′brə… …   English World dictionary

  • membranous — adjective Date: 1597 1. of, relating to, or resembling membrane 2. thin, pliable, and often somewhat transparent < membranous leaves > 3. characterized or accompanied by the formation of a usually abnormal membrane or membranous layer …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • membranous — adjective 1. relating to or made of or similar to a membrane membranous lining • Pertains to noun: ↑membrane • Derivationally related forms: ↑membrane 2. characterized by formation of a membrane (or something resembling a membrane) membranous… …   Useful english dictionary

  • membranous — membrane ► NOUN 1) a skin like covering or sheet in an organism or cell. 2) a thin skin like sheet of material. DERIVATIVES membraneous adjective membranous adjective. ORIGIN Latin, from membrum limb …   English terms dictionary

  • membranous — adj. [L. membrana, skin] Consisting of membranes; soft and pliable; membranaceous …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • membranous — membranously, adv. /mem breuh neuhs/, adj. 1. consisting of, of the nature of, or resembling membrane. 2. characterized by the formation of a membrane. Also, membranaceous /mem breuh nay sheuhs/. [1590 1600; MEMBRANE + OUS; cf. F membraneux] * *… …   Universalium

  • membranous — adjective a) Having the qualities of, or pertaining to, a membrane b) Accompanying the formation of a membrane …   Wiktionary

  • membranous — Pertaining to the very soft, fragile integument of some shrimps [Butler, T.H.] …   Crustacea glossary

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