mucin

[ myoo-sin ]
/ ˈmyu sɪn /

noun Biochemistry.

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.

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Origin of mucin

First recorded in 1825–35; muc- + -in2

OTHER WORDS FROM mucin

mu·cin·oid, adjectivemu·ci·nous [myoo-suh-nuh s] /ˈmyu sə nəs/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mucin

mucin
/ (ˈmjuːsɪn) /

noun

biochem any of a group of nitrogenous mucoproteins occurring in saliva, skin, tendon, etc, that produce a very viscous solution in water

Derived forms of mucin

mucinous, adjective

Word Origin for mucin

C19: via French from Latin mucus
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Medical definitions for mucin

mucin
[ myōōsĭn ]

n.

Any of a group of glycoproteins found especially in the secretions of mucous membranes.

Other words from mucin

mucin•ous adj.
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