Sarcolemma(redirected from sarcolemmal)
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the delicate membrane that invests smooth-muscle cells and striated and myocardial fibers. The term “sar-colemma” was introduced by the British physician W. Bowman in 1840. A sarcolemma consists of a three-layer cell membrane, which is approximately 75 angstroms thick and similar to the cell membrane in other animal cells, and a basilar membrane, which is a layer of amorphous matter containing polysaccharides. In vertebrates the basilar membrane of muscle cells and muscle fibers usually contains collagen fibrils.
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Elektronno-mikroskopicheskaia anatomiia. Moscow, 1967. (Translated from English.)