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Mucus   /mjˈukəs/   Listen

Protective secretion of the mucus 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.  Synonym: mucous secretion.

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... performed (Mr. Stewart), but the patient died an hour later. When the operation was performed a considerable amount of mucus from the oesophagus was discovered in the wound. The bullet had passed obliquely between trachea and oesophagus, wounding ...
— Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900 • George Henry Makins

... of the winter, what is called catarrh, viz. an increased secretion of mucus from the membranes of the nose, fauces, and air-tubes, with fever, and attended with sneezing and cough, thirst, lassitude, and want of appetite, is ...
— The Maternal Management of Children, in Health and Disease. • Thomas Bull, M.D.

... lying down more than common. Slight abdominal pains occur, especially following a meal. An elevation in the body temperature may be noted and the animal may drink more water than usual. Constipation or a slight diarrhoea may be present. The feces may be soft and foul smelling, coated with mucus, ...
— Common Diseases of Farm Animals • R. A. Craig, D. V. M.

... for example in gonorrhoeal urethritis, the cicatricial contraction of the scar subsequently leading to the formation of stricture. When mucous glands are present in the membrane, the pus is mixed with mucus—muco-pus. ...
— Manual of Surgery - Volume First: General Surgery. Sixth Edition. • Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

... drug obtained from the mucus of the fruit of the squirting cucumber; is a most powerful purgative, and was known to ...
— The Nuttall Encyclopaedia - Being a Concise and Comprehensive Dictionary of General Knowledge • Edited by Rev. James Wood

... in the natural economy by this alkaline mucus is a very important one and it is essential that every ...
— The Biology, Physiology and Sociology of Reproduction - Also Sexual Hygiene with Special Reference to the Male • Winfield S. Hall

Words linked to "Mucus" :   mucous secretion, secretion, snot, mucous, booger, leucorrhea, sputum, leukorrhea, phlegm, mucin

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