Etymology
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membranous (adj.)

"having a membrane; of or like a membrane," 1590s, from French membraneux (16c.), from membrane, from Latin membrana "a skin, parchment" (see membrane). The alternative form membraneous is recorded from 1630s.

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Definitions of membranous

membranous (adj.)
relating to or made of or similar to a membrane;
membranous lining
membranous (adj.)
characterized by formation of a membrane (or something resembling a membrane);
membranous gastritis
Synonyms: membrane-forming
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