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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.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; muc- + -in2
Related forms
mucinoid, adjective
mucinous
[myoo-suh-nuh s] /ˈmyu sə nəs/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mucinoid

mucin

/ˈmjuːsɪn/
noun
1.
(biochem) any of a group of nitrogenous mucoproteins occurring in saliva, skin, tendon, etc, that produce a very viscous solution in water
Derived Forms
mucinous, adjective
Word Origin
C19: via French from Latin mucus
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mucinoid in Medicine

mucin mu·cin (myōō'sĭn)
n.
Any of a group of glycoproteins found especially in the secretions of mucous membranes.


mu'cin·ous adj.

mucinoid mu·cin·oid (myōō'sə-noid')
adj.
Resembling mucin.

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