from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In biology, the investing membrane or wall of a cell.


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  • It proceeds by a complex sequence of reactions — including inflammation, oxidation and cell-membrane breakdown — none of which seems to respond to traditional therapies.

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  • How would you interpret the findings (here, here, here) that strongly link the level of saturation of cell-membrane omega-3 phospholipids (ie short-chain ALA) to maximum lifespan in various vertebrates?

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  • Potatoes can be stored in the dark for months, during which their flavor intensifies; slow enzyme action generates fatty, fruity, and flowery notes from cell-membrane lipids.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • The antibodies found in these patients proved to have no significance at all when it came to auto-immune diseases, but were instead an important indicator of differences in the cell-membrane structure of white blood cells between blood donors and recipients.

    Physiology or Medicine 1980 - Press Release

  • The bacterial [v. 03 p. 0159] cell is always clothed by a definite cell-membrane, as was shown by the plasmolysing experiments of Fischer and others.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2 "Baconthorpe" to "Bankruptcy"

  • By the segmentation of the fertilized egg, now invested by cell-membrane, the embryo-plant arises.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1

  • The author has isolated the more resistant constituents of the cell-membrane by boiling with dilute alkalis, and exhaustively purifying with alcohol and ether.

    Researches on Cellulose 1895-1900

  • The researches of Salkowski (p. 113) leave little doubt, however, that the cell-membrane is of the cellulosic type.

    Researches on Cellulose 1895-1900

  • After the organic cell had originally been conceived of as a vesicle, consisting of a firm capsule and a fluid content, we subsequently discerned it to be composed of a glutinous semi-fluid cell-substance, the protoplasm, and convinced ourselves that this protoplasm and the cell-core or nucleus enclosed in it are the most important and indispensable constituent parts of the cell, while the external firm capsule, the cell-membrane, is not essential and very frequently wanting.

    Freie wissenschaft und freie lehr. English

  • * According to Hofmeister (as quoted by Sachs, 'Trait de Bot.' 1874, p. 958), very slight pressure on the cell-membrane arrests immediately the movements of the protoplasm, and even determines its separation from the walls.

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