serous membranes

   Membranes that line many internal organs and cavities, secreting a thin, lymph-like fluid, that lubricates and slowly circulates.

Herbal-medical glossary. 2015.

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  • Serous membranes — Membrane Mem brane, n. [F., fr. L. membrana the skin that covers the separate members of the body, fr. L. membrum. See {Member}.] (Anat.) A thin layer or fold of tissue, usually supported by a fibrous network, serving to cover or line some part… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • serous membrane — n any of various thin membranes (as the peritoneum, pericardium, or pleurae) that consist of a single layer of thin flat mesothelial cells resting on a connective tissue stroma, secrete a serous fluid, and usu. line bodily cavities or enclose the …   Medical dictionary

  • Serous membrane — Infobox Anatomy Name = PAGENAME Latin = tunica serosa GraySubject = GrayPage = Caption = Layers of the enteric nervous system. (Serosa at top, in red.) Caption2 = Stomach. (Serosa is labeled at far right, and is colored yellow.) Precursor =… …   Wikipedia

  • serous fluid — any of various clear, watery fluids in the body. * * * serous fluid, any one of various animal liquids resembling blood serum, such as the fluids of the serous membranes …   Useful english dictionary

  • serous membrane — serosa a smooth transparent membrane, consisting of mesothelium and underlying elastic fibrous connective tissue, lining certain large cavities of the body. The peritoneum of the abdomen, pleura of the chest, and pericardium of the heart are all… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • serous fluid — /sɪərəs ˈfluəd/ (say searruhs floohuhd) noun any of various animal liquids resembling blood serum, as the fluids of the serous membranes …   Australian English dictionary

  • Serous — Se rous, a. [Cf. F. s[ e]reux. See {Serum}.] (Physiol.) (a) Thin; watery; like serum; as, the serous fluids. (b) Of or pertaining to serum; as, the serous glands, membranes, layers. See {Serum}. [1913 Webster] {Serous membrane}. (Anat.) See under …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Serous membrane — Serous Se rous, a. [Cf. F. s[ e]reux. See {Serum}.] (Physiol.) (a) Thin; watery; like serum; as, the serous fluids. (b) Of or pertaining to serum; as, the serous glands, membranes, layers. See {Serum}. [1913 Webster] {Serous membrane}. (Anat.)… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Serous fluid — In physiology, the term serous fluid is used for various bodily fluids that are typically pale yellow and transparent, and of a benign nature.Saliva consists of mucus and serous fluid; the serous fluid contains the enzyme amylase important for… …   Wikipedia

  • serous membrane — Anat., Zool. 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] * * * …   Universalium


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