American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A thin membrane lining a closed body cavity and moistened with a serous fluid.
- n. anatomy A thin membrane that secretes serum lining an internal body cavity, such as the peritoneum, the pericardium, and the pleura.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Anat.) See under Membrane.
- n. a thin membrane lining the closed cavities of the body; has two layers with a space between that is filled with serous fluid
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