" The term basement membrane applies to the support structure on which membranous epithelial cells are bound. The basement membrane is like the lattice that carpet is built on. It is composed of glycoproteins and a meshwork of collagenous and reticular fibers derived from the underlying connective tissues."
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.