Definition of Plasma membrane

1. Noun. 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"

Exact synonyms: Cell Membrane, Cytomembrane
Group relationships: Cell
Generic synonyms: Semipermeable Membrane



Definition of Plasma membrane

1. Noun. (cytology) The semipermeable membrane that surrounds the cytoplasm of a cell. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Plasma membrane

1. The external, limiting lipid bilayer membrane of cells. (31 Dec 1997)

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Literary usage of Plasma membrane

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1904)
"The first of these three membranes is the outer plasma membrane, which bounding ... Since this outer plasma membrane lies against a moist cell wall it is ..."

2. Popular Science Monthly (1912)
"That they form part of the plasma-membrane is also indicated by the readiness with which the permeability and other properties of this structure may be ..."

3. Biological Bulletin by Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.) (1915)
"The plasma-membrane of a cell is defined as the membrane which governs its osmotic intercourse. According to this definition, the vitelline membrane is the ..."

4. Botanical Gazette by University of Chicago, JSTOR (Organization) (1906)
"case, at any rate, the importance of the plasma-membrane as a factor in such a ... Apparently in Empusa a definite region of the plasma-membrane is ..."

5. Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (1903)
"cross the plasma membrane. Their receptors are inside the cell, and their primary site of action is in the nucleus (Table III). ..."

6. The Plant World by Plant World Association, Wild Flower Preservation Society (U.S.) (1916)
"are required to coagulate the plasma-membrane in Spirogyra nitida and Tradescantia discolor as is required to coagulate egg albumen. ..."

7. A Manual of Pharmacology and Its Applications to Therapeutics and Toxicology by Torald Hermann Sollmann (1922)
"Changes in the plasma membrane could also be effected by other means, ... This protective film, the "plasma membrane," is probably formed by the surface ..."

8. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1904)
"The first of these three membranes is the outer plasma membrane, which bounding ... Since this outer plasma membrane lies against a moist cell wall it is ..."

9. Popular Science Monthly (1912)
"That they form part of the plasma-membrane is also indicated by the readiness with which the permeability and other properties of this structure may be ..."

10. Biological Bulletin by Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.) (1915)
"The plasma-membrane of a cell is defined as the membrane which governs its osmotic intercourse. According to this definition, the vitelline membrane is the ..."

11. Botanical Gazette by University of Chicago, JSTOR (Organization) (1906)
"case, at any rate, the importance of the plasma-membrane as a factor in such a ... Apparently in Empusa a definite region of the plasma-membrane is ..."

12. Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (1903)
"cross the plasma membrane. Their receptors are inside the cell, and their primary site of action is in the nucleus (Table III). ..."

13. The Plant World by Plant World Association, Wild Flower Preservation Society (U.S.) (1916)
"are required to coagulate the plasma-membrane in Spirogyra nitida and Tradescantia discolor as is required to coagulate egg albumen. ..."

14. A Manual of Pharmacology and Its Applications to Therapeutics and Toxicology by Torald Hermann Sollmann (1922)
"Changes in the plasma membrane could also be effected by other means, ... This protective film, the "plasma membrane," is probably formed by the surface ..."

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