- 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.
Origin of mucin
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A tumor of stellate or polyhedral cells in a matrix of mucin.Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry
From these and other tests used the conclusion was reached that these membranes were composed essentially of mucin.
The nest-substance, as he unhesitatingly states, is composed of mucin, or of a body closely related to it.The Solomon Islands and Their Natives
H. B. (Henry Brougham) Guppy
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
This fibrillation of mucus is regarded as the result of a coagulation of its mucin, previously held in solution by an alkali.
- biochem any of a group of nitrogenous mucoproteins occurring in saliva, skin, tendon, etc, that produce a very viscous solution in water
C19: via French from Latin mucus
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- Any of a group of glycoproteins found especially in the secretions of mucous membranes.
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