membrane terminology

taguebw at taguebw at
Mon Nov 10 07:54:33 EST 1997

In article <199711100913.JAA24545 at>,
Barry.Meatyard at WARWICK.AC.UK (Barry Meatyard) wrote:

> Dear Plant-edders
> As a result of a discussion with a group of students I thought I would tap
> into the corporate wisdom of this group.
> The question relates to the use of the term 'plasma membrane'. Basically it
> is this:
> Should the term plasma membrane be used solely for the membrane that bounds
> the cell (ie the cell membrane), or are all membranes in cells 'plasma
> membranes'?

All of the texts I've ever looked at reserve plasma membrane for the
membrane that surronds the cells -- not for internal membranes.

My 2 electrons,


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