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.
- mu·cin·oid, adjective
- mu·ci·nous [myoo-suh-nuhs], /ˈmyu sə nəs/, adjective
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How to use mucin in a sentence
Mucins reduce friction, making food slippery enough for us to swallow.Cool Jobs: Saliva offers a spitting image of our health | Kathiann Kowalski | May 6, 2021 | Science News For Students
This skeleton was composed of hard cartilage, and arose in white fibrous tissue containing gelatin rather than mucin.The Origin of Vertebrates | Walter Holbrook Gaskell
In its chemical composition there is a marked preponderance of gelatin with only a slight amount of a mucin-body.The Origin of Vertebrates | Walter Holbrook Gaskell
This fibrillation of mucus is regarded as the result of a coagulation of its mucin, previously held in solution by an alkali.
In mucous tissue, however, there is present mucin, wholly independent of any epithelial degeneration.
The intercellular substance of cartilaginous tumors also becomes softened and converted into a liquid containing mucin.
British Dictionary definitions for mucin
biochem any of a group of nitrogenous mucoproteins occurring in saliva, skin, tendon, etc, that produce a very viscous solution in water
- mucinous, adjective
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