serous membrane


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serous membrane

n.
A thin membrane lining a closed body cavity and moistened with a serous fluid.

serous membrane

n
(Anatomy) any of the smooth moist delicate membranes, such as the pleura or peritoneum, that line the closed cavities of the body and secrete a watery exudate

se′rous mem′brane



n.
any of various thin membranes, as the peritoneum, that line certain cavities of the body and exude a serous fluid. Also called serosa.
[1865–70]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.serous membrane - a thin membrane lining the closed cavities of the body; has two layers with a space between that is filled with serous fluid
pleura - the thin serous membrane around the lungs and inner walls of the chest
tissue layer, membrane - a pliable sheet of tissue that covers or lines or connects the organs or cells of animals or plants
peritoneum - a transparent membrane that lines the abdominal cavity in mammals and covers most of the viscera
endocardium - the membrane that lines the cavities of the heart and forms part of the heart valves
pericardium - a serous membrane with two layers that surrounds the heart
epicardium, visceral pericardium - the innermost of the two layers of the pericardium
parietal pericardium - the tough outermost layer of the pericardium that is attached to the diaphragm and the sternum
References in periodicals archive ?
The peritoneum is a thin, translucent, serous membrane and is the largest and most complexly arranged serous membrane in the body.
Roxanne Jones has had to fight more than most to reach this stage of her career; battling pleurisy (a serous membrane surrounding the lungs) and a perforated eardrum; repeated visits to doctors saw her struggle to maintain her singing voice.
INTRODUCTION: Peritoneum is the largest and most complexly arranged serous membrane.