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Meaning of MUCUS

Pronunciation:  'myookus

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  protective secretion of the mucous 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

MUCUS is a 5 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: mucous secretion
 See Also: booger, leucorrhea, leukorrhea, mucin, phlegm, secretion, snot, sputum



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mu"cus\, n. [L. mucus, muccus; cf. mucere 8be moldy or
musty, Gr. ? mucus, and Skr. muc to release. Cf. {Match} for
striking fire, {Moist}, {Mucilage}.]
1. (Physiol.) A viscid fluid secreted by mucous membranes,
   which it serves to moisten and protect. It covers the
   lining membranes of all the cavities which open
   externally, such as those of the mouth, nose, lungs,
   intestinal canal, urinary passages, etc.

2. (Physiol.) Any other animal fluid of a viscid quality, as
   the synovial fluid, which lubricates the cavities of the
   joints; -- improperly so used.

3. (Bot.) A gelatinous or slimy substance found in certain
   alg[ae] and other plants.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: clear liquid made by the intestines that coats and protects tissues in the gastrointestinal tract.
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