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Tissues > Membranes > Serous Membrane

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Serous Membrane  


  • A thin lining of closed cavities of the body, consisting of a single layer of squamous epithelial cells (MESOTHELIUM) resting on a thin layer of CONNECTIVE TISSUE, and covered with secreted clear fluid from blood and lymph vessels. Major serous membranes in the body include PERICARDIUM; PERITONEUM; and PLEURA.

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  • Membrane, Serous
  • Serosa
  • Serous Membranes

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  • French

  • Membrane séreuse
  • Membranes séreuses


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