- 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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- biochem any of a group of nitrogenous mucoproteins occurring in saliva, skin, tendon, etc, that produce a very viscous solution in water
Word Origin for mucin
C19: via French from Latin mucus
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- Resembling mucin.
- Any of a group of glycoproteins found especially in the secretions of mucous membranes.
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