adjective Date: 1597 1. of, relating to, or resembling membrane 2. thin, pliable, and often somewhat transparent <
membranous leaves
3. characterized or accompanied by the formation of a usually abnormal membrane or membranous layer <
membranous croup
membranously adverb

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