Definitions for: Stratum


[n] an abstract place usually conceived as having depth; "a good actor communicates on several levels"; "a simile has at least two layers of meaning"; "the mind functions on many strata simultaneously"
[n] one of several parallel layers of material arranged one on top of another (such as a layer of tissue or cells in an organism)



Webster (1913) Definition: Stra"tum, n.; pl. E. Stratums, L. Strata. The
latter is more common. [L., from sternere, stratum, to
spread; akin to Gr. ? to spread, strew. See Strew, and cf.
Consternation, Estrade, Prostrate, Stratus,
Street.]
1. (Geol.) A bed of earth or rock of one kind, formed by
natural causes, and consisting usually of a series of
layers, which form a rock as it lies between beds of other
kinds. Also used figuratively.

2. A bed or layer artificially made; a course.

Synonyms: layer, level

See Also: bed, cambium, corium, corneum, cuticle, derma, dermis, epidermis, horizon, horny layer, layer, malpighian layer, paries, place, rete Malpighii, seam, stratum basale, stratum corneum, stratum germinativum, stratum granulosum, stratum lucidum, substrate, substratum, wall

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