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From Proto-Italic *memzrom, from Proto-Indo-European *mḗms, *mēms-rom (flesh).



membrum n (genitive membrī); second declension

  1. (anatomy) limb of the body; member.
  2. (euphemistic) the penis (membrum virīle)
  3. a portion, division
  4. apartment, room in a house
  5. member of the state
  6. (Late Latin, Christianity) member of the Body of Christ, member of the church
  7. (grammar) clause of a sentence


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative membrum membra
genitive membrī membrōrum
dative membrō membrīs
accusative membrum membra
ablative membrō membrīs
vocative membrum membra

Derived terms[edit]



  • membrum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • membrum in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “membrum”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • membrum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to be affected by disease in every limb; to be paralysed: omnibus membris captum esse