from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A thin membrane enclosing a striated muscle fiber.
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- n. A thin cell membrane that surrounds a striated muscle fibre
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The very thin transparent and apparently homogeneous sheath which incloses a striated muscular fiber; the myolemma.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An elastic transparent structureless membrane which forms a tubular sheath enveloping and supporting each fiber (bundle of fibrillæ) of striped muscular tissue, excepting that of the heart. See muscular tissue, under muscular.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an extensible membrane enclosing the contractile substance of a muscle fiber
These tubes may be represented grossly by imagining the finger of a glove, to be called the sarcolemma, or muscle - fiber pouch, and this to be so small as not to be apparent to the naked eye, but filled with nuclei and the juices peculiar to each animal.
The tip of the axon makes intimate contact with the sarcolemma (sahr'koh-Iem'ub; "skin of the flesh" G), which is the membrane enclosing the muscle fiber.
Moreover, the muscle fibers of the heart are peculiar in that they are destitute of sarcolemma, the naked muscle fibers directly touching each other.
They have no sarcolemma, stripes, or cross markings like those of the voluntary muscles.
The fibrillæ, then, are bound together in a bundle to form a fiber, which is enveloped in its own sheath, the sarcolemma.
Each fiber is enclosed within a delicate, transparent sheath, known as the sarcolemma.
Within the sarcolemma are minute fibrils and a semiliquid substance, called the _sarcoplasm_.
Each cell has a well-defined nucleus, but the sarcolemma is absent.
At each end the cell tapers to a point from which the sarcolemma appears to continue as a fine thread, and this, by attaching itself to the inclosing sheath, holds the cell in place.
The striations, sarcolemma, and sometimes the nuclei and nerve plates, may be distinguished in such a preparation.