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mu·cus

 (myo͞o′kəs)
n.
The viscous, slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by cells and glands of the mucous membranes.

[Latin mūcus.]

mucus

(ˈmjuːkəs)
n
1. (Physiology) the slimy protective secretion of the mucous membranes, consisting mainly of mucin
2. (Biochemistry) the slimy protective secretion of the mucous membranes, consisting mainly of mucin
[C17: from Latin: nasal secretions; compare mungere to blow the nose; related to Greek muxa mucus, muktēr nose]
Usage: See at mucous

mu•cus

(ˈmyu kəs)

n.
a viscous solution of mucins, water, electrolytes, and white blood cells that is secreted by mucous membranes and serves to protect and lubricate the internal surfaces of the body.
[1655–65; < Latin mūcus snot; akin to Greek myktḗr nose, mýxa slime]

mu·cus

(myo͞o′kəs)
The slimy substance secreted by mucous membranes to lubricate and protect them.
mucous, mucus - Mucous is the adjective from Latin meaning "slimy," and mucus is the noun from Latin but cognate with Greek mussesthai, "blow the nose."
See also related terms for slime.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mucus - protective secretion of the mucus membranesmucus - protective secretion of the mucus membranes; in the gut it lubricates the passage of food and protects the epithelial cells; in the nose and throat and lungs it can make it difficult for bacteria to penetrate the body through the epithelium
secretion - a functionally specialized substance (especially one that is not a waste) released from a gland or cell
sputum, phlegm - expectorated matter; saliva mixed with discharges from the respiratory passages; in ancient and medieval physiology it was believed to cause sluggishness
snot - nasal mucus
booger - dried nasal mucus
leucorrhea, leukorrhea - discharge of white mucous material from the vagina; often an indication of infection
mucin - a nitrogenous substance found in mucous secretions; a lubricant that protects body surfaces
Translations
مُخاط
hlensliz
slim
lima
sluz
nyálka
slím
gleivės
gļotas

mucus

[ˈmjuːkəs] Nmoco m

mucus

[ˈmjuːkəs] nmucus m

mucus

nSchleim m

mucus

[ˈmjuːkəs] nmuco

mucus

(ˈmjuːkəs) noun
the fluid from the nose.

mu·cus

n. moco, mucosidad, sustancia viscosa segregada por las membranas y glándulas mucosas.

mucus

n mucosidad f, moco
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