3-1 Body Membranes

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Thin sheets or layers of pliable tissue

Epithelial membranes

Thin sheets of tissue that line the body’s internal and external surface.

Mucous membranes

Thin sheets of tissue lining the body cavities which open to the outside world.


The membrane encases the heart.

Serous membranes

Thin sheets of tissues that line body cavities closed to the outside world


The membrane that surrounds the lungs


The membrane lining the abdominal cavity

Cutaneous membrane

Another name for skin

Synovial membrane

The lining of the synovial joint cavity that makes synovial fluid

Synovial fluid

A clear liquid secreted by synovial membranes that gives cushioning for and decreases friction in synovial joints