Cell Organelles: The Plasma Membrane
Next Generation: MS.LS1.2 MS.LS1.2

Cell Organelles: The Plasma Membrane


This lesson will describe the structure and function of the plasma membrane of a cell.

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Terms to Know
Lipid Bilayer

A membrane created by two layers of phospholipids

Plasma Membrane

The outermost layer of a cell, made up of a phospholipid bilayer, which controls what enters and exits the cell


​A lipid made of a hydrophilic head and a hydrophobic head which make up the plasma membrane

​Selectively Permeable

​A feature of the plasma membrane that allows it to regulate what crosses through it