[ 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.

Origin of mucin

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

Related forms

mu·cin·oid, adjectivemu·ci·nous [myoo-suh-nuh s] /ˈmyu sə nəs/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mucin


/ (ˈmjuːsɪn) /


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

Derived Forms

mucinous, adjective

Word Origin for mucin

C19: via French from Latin mucus
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Medicine definitions for mucin


[ myōōsĭn ]


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

Related forms

mucin•ous adj.
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