muco-, muc-, muci-, mucin- +

(Latin: mucus, mucous, or mucosa; a viscid, slippery, slime secretion of the mucous membranes; related to mucor, "mold, moldiness")

Inflammation of the mucosa.
1. Concerning a mucous membrane and the skin.
2. Related to the transition from a mucous membrane to the skin.
1. Stopping the secretion of mucus.
2. Having the effect of reducing, or arresting, the secretion of mucus.
A surgical instrument similar to a dermatome (surgical instrument used to cut very thin slices of skin), used to harvest mucous membrane for transplantation.
1. A reference to, or covered by, mucus.
2. Secreting mucus.
3. Having the nature of, or resembling, mucus.
mucous degeneration
Any retrogressive change associated with the abnormal production of mucus.
mucous gland
A gland that secretes mucus; such as, the salivary gland.
mucous membrane
1. The mucus-secreting epithelial lining of cavities and canals that opens to the exterior of the body.
2. The general name given to the membrane that lines many of the hollow organs of the body.

These membranes vary widely in structure in different sites, but all have the common character of being lubricated by mucus.

It is derived in some cases from isolated cells on the surface of the membrane, but more generally from definite glands placed beneath the membrane, and opening here and there through it via ducts.

The air passages, the gastrointestinal tract, and the ducts of glands that open into it; and also the urinary passages, are all lined by mucous membrane.

mucous membrane, tunica mucosa
The lubricated inner lining of the mouth, nasal passages, vagina and urethra, and any membrane or lining which contains mucous secreting glands.
mucous polyp
A small growth from mucous lining of the cervix or uterus.
Cystic fibrosis, a hereditary disease starting in infancy that affects various glands and results in secretion of thick mucus that blocks internal passages, including those of the lungs, causing respiratory infections; and the pancreas is also affected, resulting in a deficiency of digestive enzymes and impaired nutrition.
1. A secretion which covers mucous membranes and the general name for the slimy secretion derived from those mucous membranes.
2. A viscid fluid secreted by mucous membranes and glands, consisting of mucin, leukocytes, inorganic salts, water, and epithelial cells (tissue that forms a thin protective layer on exposed bodily surfaces and forms the lining of internal cavities, ducts, and organs).
3. A thick, slimy fluid of mucous membranes and glands, composed of mucin, water, desquamated cells (peeled off in scales), leukocytes, and various inorganic salts; secreted by glands lining the nasal, esophageal, and other body cavities.

It is mainly composed of a substance called mucin, which varies according to the particular mucous membrane from which it is derived, and it contains other substances; such as, cells cast off from the surface of the membrane, enzymes, and dust particles.

Under normal conditions, the surface of a mucous membrane is lubricated by only a small quantity of mucus; the appearance of large quantities is a sign of inflammation.

Mucormycosis (any disease caused by a fungus) affecting the ears.
Egg white protein produced in tubular gland cells in the epithelium of the chicken (or bird) oviduct in response to progesterone or estrogen.
psyllium hydrophilic mucilloid (s) (noun), psyllium hydrophilic mucilloids (pl)
Mucilloid (moist, soft, and viscid) prepared from psyllium seeds: Psyllium hydrophilic mucilloid is used as a bulk-type laxative.