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Plasma membrane Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Noun
1. a thin membrane around the cytoplasm of a cell; controls passage of substances in and out of the cell
(synonym) cell wall, cell membrane, cytomembrane
(hypernym) semipermeable membrane
(part-holonym) cell
Plasma membrane Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
The outer membrane of a cell.
A Service of the National Cancer Institute.
TOXICOLOGY
The membrane composed of phospholipids, proteins, and cholesterol that forms the outer boundary of a cell and regulates the movement of substances into and out of the cell. Same as "cell membrane."
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Hepatitis Central (TM) Liver Disease Medical Glossary
Delicate structure which encloses the cell, separating the contents of the cell from the surrounding environment
Plasma membrane Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
The cell membrane (also known as the plasma membrane or cytoplasmic membrane) is a biological membrane that separates the interior of all cells from the outside environment. The cell membrane is selectively permeable to ions and organic molecules and controls the movement of substances in and out of cells. The basic function of the cell membrane is to protect the cell from its surroundings. It consists of the phospholipid bilayer with embedded proteins. Cell membranes are involved in a variety of cellular processes such as cell adhesion, ion conductivity and cell signalling and serve as the attachment surface for several extracellular structures, including the cell wall, glycocalyx, and intracellular cytoskeleton. Cell membranes can be artificially reassembled.

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