muco-, muc-, muci-, mucin- +
(Latin: mucus, mucous, or mucosa; a viscid, slippery, slime secretion of the mucous membranes; related to mucor, "mold, moldiness")
This accumulation of mucus can impair the pancreas and, secondarily, the intestine. Mucous build-up in lungs tends progressively to impair respiration.
Without treatment, CF results in death for 95% of affected children before the age of five.
2. Provoking the secretion of mucus.
2. An aqueous solution of a gum utilized for suspending rather insoluble substances in mixtures.
Another use is to increase the viscosity of oil-in-water emulsions; such as, those used for dermatologic preparations and lubricating medications.
2. Having the properties of glue.
3. Resembling mucilage; moist, soft, and viscid; slimy; ropy; such as, a mucilaginous liquid.
4. Referring to, or secreting, mucilage; as, the mucilaginous glands.
5. Soluble in water, but not in alcohol; yielding mucilage; as, mucilaginous gums or plants.
2. A thick, sticky, glue-like preparation resembling mucilage.
2. Any of a group of glycoproteins found especially in the secretions of mucous membranes.
3. Any mucoprotein secreted by cells which raises the viscosity of the medium around them.
4. 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.
Mucin has the following characteristics: it is viscid, clear and tenacious; when dissolved in water it can be precipitated by the addition of acetic acid; and when not in solution already, it is dissolved by weak alkalis; such as, lime-water.
2. Any of several enzymes that break down glycosaminoglycans (any polysaccharide, or polymer made of many saccharide units linked by glycosidic bonds, which is a polymer of amino sugars; they are the carbohydrate units of proteoglycans).