Generally, a sheet or skin. In cell biology the term is usually taken to mean a modified lipid bilayer with integral and peripheral proteins, as forms the plasma membrane. Because this usage is so general, it is advisable to avoid other uses where possible, particularly in histology or ultrastructure.

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  • Membrane — steht für: Thidrekssaga drittes der Pergament Handschriften einer umfangreiche Sagenkompilation des 13. Jahrhunderts in altnordischer Sprache, Membran eine Trennschicht, eine dünne Haut …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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