mucosa

[myoo-koh-suh, -zuh]
noun, plural mucosae [myoo-koh-see, -zee] . Anatomy.

Origin:
1875–80; < Neo-Latin, noun use of feminine of Latin mūcōsus mucous

mucosal, adjective
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mucosa (mjuːˈkəʊsə)
 
n , pl -sae
another word for mucous membrane
 
[C19: New Latin, from Latin mūcōsus slimy]
 
mu'cosal
 
adj

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mucosa mu·co·sa (myōō-kō'sə)
n. pl. mu·co·sas or mu·co·sae (-sē)
See mucous membrane.


mu·co'sal adj.
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mucosa

membrane lining bodily cavities and canals that lead to the outside, chiefly the respiratory, digestive, and urogenital tracts. Mucous membranes line many tracts and structures of the body, including the mouth, nose, eyelids, windpipe and lungs, stomach and intestines, and the ureters, urethra, and urinary bladder. The membranes vary in structure, but they all have a surface layer of epithelial cells over a deeper layer of connective tissue. They are called mucous because they contain cells that secrete mucin, a mucopolysaccharide that is the principal constituent of mucus.

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Example sentences
The salt is to create normal saline or the correct salinity level to match the human mucosa,tears, and blood.
The nasal cavity has extensive capillary plexuses in the mucosa and submucosa.
But heparin, a frequently prescribed anticoagulant drug, is made from the lungs and bovine mucosa.
Rectal prolapse may be partial, involving only the mucosa.
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