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serous membrane

noun, Anatomy, Zoology
1.
any of various thin membranes, as the peritoneum, that line certain cavities of the body and exude a serous fluid.
Also called serosa.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70
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Examples from the web for serous membrane
  • The epididymis is connected to the back of the testis by a fold of the serous membrane.
  • Occasionally the whole of the organ is invested by the serous membrane, and is then connected to the liver by a kind of mesentery.
  • For example, the serous membrane that lines the thoracic cavity and covers the lungs is called pleura.
  • The heart is enclosed in a pericardial sac that is lined with the parietal layers of a serous membrane.
  • Each lung is enclosed by a double-layered serous membrane, called the pleura.
  • The lungs are each enclosed by pleura, a serous membrane.
British Dictionary definitions for serous membrane

serous membrane

noun
1.
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
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serous membrane in Medicine

serous membrane n.
A thin, two-part membrane that secretes a serous fluid and lines a closed body cavity, covering the organs that lie within that cavity. Also called serosa, serous tunic.

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