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1. an encompassing structure or membrane.
2. in virology, the outer lipoprotein coat of a large virus, surrounding the capsid and usually furnished, at least partially, by the host cell. Called also peplos.
3. in bacteriology, the cell wall and the plasma membrane considered together.
nuclear envelope the condensed double layer of lipids and proteins enclosing the cell nucleus and separating it from the cytoplasm; its two concentric membranes, inner and outer, are separated by a perinuclear space.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


The coat or envelope of lipoprotein material that surrounds certain virions.
[G. an outer garment worn by women]
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The coat or envelope of lipoprotein material that surrounds certain virions.
[G. an outer garment worn by women]
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The finished products of their weaving, such as the peplos Helen gives to Telemachus, serve as agents of that memory--mnemata.
The child wears a peplos, a simple woolen garment folded over at the top and fastened at the shoulders.
Using the myth of Herakles' peplos as a parallel, the author argues that Acheloos is represented wearing women's dress in order to counterbalance his excessive masculinity.
Even the so-called Peplos Kore, demure in her choice of robes--the heavy woollen garment known as the peplos, rather than the lighter linen ensemble of chiton (tunic) and himation (shawl)--was richly embellished, and not only on the surface of her dress.
Based upon the Greek peplos, this draped red silk dress was classically simple and totally effective with its soft draperies apparently unstitched, merely caught up with invisible pins.
In the years before the Persian Wars (490-480/79 BC), Athenian men and women had increasingly begun to adopt more luxurious fashions, favouring, for example, a linen chiton (a kind of tunic) over the simpler, woollen one of tradition (the female version of which was called a peplos).
C'est ce qu'etude Francesca Albini ("Family and the Formation of Character"), tandis que Karin Blomqvist, en etudiant les Heroines plutarquiennes "From Olympias to Aretaphila", depasse la traditionnelle et irritante, question du "feminisme" ou de la "misogynie" du moraliste en voyant surtout en lui un representant de valeurs devenues resolument romaines, peintre de femmes qui, "even when dressed in the traditional Greek peplos" (p.
Athena, of course, would never wear an [Greek Text Omitted], but it is striking that this poem never alludes to this well-known sphere of the goddess's technical expertise, but only, indirectly, to her more masculine technological skills.(66) While the statue may, at this stage of the ceremony, be without clothing, we know that in the Athenian ceremony the laundering of Athena's peplos was a very important part of the ritual.