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a substance present in mucous cells that is converted into mucin


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  • Mucilage

    [myoo-suh-lij] /ˈmyu sə lɪdʒ/ noun 1. any of various, usually liquid, preparations of gum, glue, or the like, used as an adhesive. 2. any of various gummy secretions or gelatinous substances present in plants. /ˈmjuːsɪlɪdʒ/ noun 1. a sticky preparation, such as gum or glue, used as an adhesive 2. a complex glutinous carbohydrate secreted […]

  • Mucilaginous

    [myoo-suh-laj-uh-nuh s] /ˌmyu səˈlædʒ ə nəs/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or secreting . 2. of the nature of or resembling ; moist, soft, and viscid. adj. early 15c., “viscous, sticky,” from Medieval Latin muscilaginosus, from Late Latin mucilaginosus, from mucillago (see mucilage). Related: Mucilaginously. mucilaginous mu·ci·lag·i·nous (myōō’sə-lāj’ə-nəs) adj. Resembling mucilage; moist and sticky.

  • Mucin

    [myoo-sin] /ˈmyu sɪn/ noun, Biochemistry. 1. any of a class of glycoproteins found in saliva, gastric juice, etc., that form viscous solutions and act as lubricants or protectants on external and internal surfaces of the body. /ˈmjuːsɪn/ noun 1. (biochem) any of a group of nitrogenous mucoproteins occurring in saliva, skin, tendon, etc, that produce […]

  • Mucinase

    mucinase mu·cin·ase (myōō’sə-nās’, -nāz’) n. An enzyme, usually a hyaluronidase, that catalyzes the hydrolysis of mucopolysaccharide substances such as mucins. Also called mucopolysaccharidase.

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