Definition of Sarcolemma

1. Noun. An extensible membrane enclosing the contractile substance of a muscle fiber.

Generic synonyms: Membrane, Tissue Layer
Derivative terms: Sarcolemmal, Sarcolemmic

Definition of Sarcolemma

1. n. The very thin transparent and apparently homogeneous sheath which incloses a striated muscular fiber; the myolemma.

Definition of Sarcolemma

1. Noun. (anatomy) A thin cell membrane that surrounds a striated muscle fibre ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sarcolemma

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Medical Definition of Sarcolemma

1. Plasma membrane of a striated muscle fibre. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sarcolemma

sarcodina infections
sarcodine
sarcodinian
sarcodo
sarcogenic cell
sarcoglia
sarcoglycan
sarcoglycans
sarcoid
sarcoidal granuloma
sarcoidoses
sarcoidosis
sarcoids
sarcolactic
sarcolactic acid
sarcolemma (current term)
sarcolemmal
sarcolemmas
sarcolemmata
sarcolemmic
sarcolemnous
sarcoline
sarcolite
sarcolites
sarcological
sarcologies
sarcology
sarcolysine
sarcoma
sarcoma botryoides

Literary usage of Sarcolemma

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

1. Bioplasm: An Introduction to the Study of Physiology & Medicine by Lionel Smith Beale (1872)
"The sarcolemma of muscle appears as a transparent tube composed of very delicate ... Upon its outer surface the sarcolemma is connected with the delicate ..."

2. A Biennial Retrospect of Medicine, Surgery and Their Allied Sciences by New Sydenham Society (1875)
"In normal conditions, and when the contraction is not too violent, the surface of the sarcolemma remains perfectly smooth. In violent contraction the ..."

3. Physiological Chemistry by Karl Gotthelf Lehmann (1855)
"The sarcolemma and nuclei can seldom be clearly distinguished. ... As has already been observed, the individual portions of sarcolemma bear a strong ..."

4. The Transactions of the Microscopical Society of London by Microscopical Society of London (1864)
"are undoubtedly of the same nature—not, as he has represented them, a nucleated structure, in which the nerve ends, situated beneath the sarcolemma. ..."

5. The Physiological Anatomy and Physiology of Man by Robert Bentley Todd, William Bowman (1857)
"Of the sarcolemma.—The striped fibre is enclosed in a tubular sheath or sarcolemma, adapted to its surface, and adhering to it. ..."

6. The Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science by Iowa Academy of Science (1906)
"Huber-Dewitt conclude that the end branches of the axis-cylinder are entirely under the sarcolemma. To use their own language: "Two cross sections are shown ..."

7. The Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science by Iowa Academy of Science (1906)
"It may here be seen that the ramifications of the axis-cylinder are under the sarcolemma terminating in a relatively thin layer of ..."

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