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cell membrane

n.
The semipermeable membrane that encloses the cytoplasm of a cell. Also called cytomembrane, plasmalemma, plasma membrane.

cell membrane

n
(Biology) a very thin membrane, composed of lipids and protein, that surrounds the cytoplasm of a cell and controls the passage of substances into and out of the cell. Also called: plasmalemma or plasma membrane

cell′ mem`brane


n.
the semipermeable membrane enclosing the cytoplasm of a cell.
[1865–70]

cell membrane

The thin membrane that forms the outer surface of the protoplasm of a cell and regulates the passage of materials in and out of the cell. It is made up of proteins and lipids.

cell membrane

The outer boundary of a cell.
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Noun1.cell membrane - a thin membrane (a double layer of lipids) enclosing the cytoplasm of a cellcell membrane - a thin membrane (a double layer of lipids) enclosing the cytoplasm of a cell; proteins in the membrane control passage of ions (like sodium or potassium or calcium) in and out of the cell; "all cells have a cell membrane"
cell - (biology) the basic structural and functional unit of all organisms; they may exist as independent units of life (as in monads) or may form colonies or tissues as in higher plants and animals
semipermeable membrane - a membrane (as a cell membrane) that allows some molecules to pass through but not others
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