A dry layer of mucus used by a snail or mollusk to seal itself inside its shell during hibernation.

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  • Epiphragm — Ep i*phragm, n. [Gr. ? a covering, lid, fr. ? to block up.] (Zo[ o]l.) A membranaceous or calcareous septum with which some mollusks close the aperture of the shell during the time of hibernation, or estivation. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • epiphragm — noun Etymology: Greek epiphragma covering Date: circa 1854 a closing membrane or septum (as of a snail shell or a moss capsule) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • epiphragm — n. [Gr. epi, upon; phragma, partition] (MOLLUSCA: Gastropoda) In land snails, a sheet of dried mucus across the aperture preventing loss of moisture during aestivation or hibernation …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • epiphragm — epiphragmal /ep euh frag meuhl/, adj. /ep euh fram /, n. 1. a calcified or membranous septum produced by certain land snails during hibernation and functioning to cover the shell opening and prevent desiccation. 2. Bot. a membrane enclosing the… …   Universalium

  • epiphragm — ep·i·phragm …   English syllables

  • epiphragm — ˈepəˌfram noun ( s) Etymology: Greek epiphragma covering, lid, from epiphrassein, epiphrattein to block up, stop up, from epi + phrassein, phrattein to enclose, fence in, block more at farce 1. : a membranous or calcareous septum with which many… …   Useful english dictionary

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