a lubricating membrane lining an internal surface or an organ, as the alimentary, respiratory, and genitourinary canals.
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How to use mucous membrane in a sentence
When sprayed into the face of a person or bear, capsaicin inflames the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and lungs, causing temporary loss of sight, nasal congestion, and, in some, difficulty breathing, Rizzo explained.Bear spray is showing up at protests and riots. Here’s why, and how it affects humans. | John Briley | March 19, 2021 | Washington Post
Ingestion causes very serious damage to the mucous membranes or other tissues with which contact is made.Hackers accessed a Florida water treatment plant’s system and tried to make a dangerous change | Stan Horaczek | February 9, 2021 | Popular-Science
The best way to balance your desire for bath-time excitement with keeping your skin and mucous membranes safe is to track how different products make you feel—and avoid any that cause irritation.To take the most relaxing bath ever, add some healthy tips | Rachel Feltman | January 3, 2021 | Popular-Science
I would like to emphasize that short-range airborne transmission when people are in close contact, meaning inhalation of aerosols, probably is more important than transmission by large droplets that are sprayed onto mucous membranes.CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month | Lena H. Sun, Ben Guarino | October 5, 2020 | Washington Post
Unlike mammals, whose mucous membranes are mostly internal, corals wear their mucus on both the inside and the outside.When Evolution Is Infectious - Issue 90: Something Green | Moises Velasquez-Manoff | September 30, 2020 | Nautilus
Traveling through the bodily fluids of an infected person, Ebola enters through a mucous membrane or break in the skin.
Small fragments of mucous membrane may be found, and when examined by a pathologist, may occasionally establish the diagnosis.
The damage which they do to the mucous membrane favors bacterial invasion.
It lives in the large intestine, especially the cecum, with its slender extremity embedded in the mucous membrane.
Usually, you will find nothing but a swelling of the mucous membrane of the turbinates with free discharge.The Treatment of Hay Fever | George Frederick Laidlaw
Hence, we must conclude that it is without effect on the gastro-intestinal mucous membrane.
British Dictionary definitions for mucous membrane
a mucus-secreting membrane that lines body cavities or passages that are open to the external environment: Also called: mucosa
- mucomembranous (ˌmjuːkəʊˈmɛmbrənəs), adjective
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Scientific definitions for mucous membrane
Any of the membranes lining the passages of the body, such as the respiratory and digestive tracts, that open to the outside. Cells in the mucous membranes secrete mucus, which lubricates the membranes and protects against infection.
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Cultural definitions for mucous membrane
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