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mucus

 [mu´kus]
the free slime of the mucous membrane, composed of the secretion of its glands, various salts, desquamated cells, and leukocytes.
cervical mucus that constituting the mucous membrane of the uterine cervix; it undergoes chemical and physical changes owing to hormone stimulation during the menstrual cycle and plays an important role in helping spermatozoa travel inwards after coitus. See also discussion of the cervical mucus method of contraception, under contraception.
fertile mucus see ovulation method of contraception.

mu·cus

(myū'kŭs), Do not confuse this noun with the adjective mucous.
The clear viscid secretion of the mucous membranes, consisting of mucin, epithelial cells, leukocytes, and various inorganic salts dissolved in water.
[L.]

mucus

/mu·cus/ (mu´kus) the free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, desquamated cells, and leukocytes.

mucus

(myo͞o′kəs)
n.
The viscous, slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by cells and glands of the mucous membranes.

mucus

[myo̅o̅′kəs]
Etymology: L, slime
the viscous, slippery secretions of mucous membranes and glands, containing mucin, white blood cells, water, inorganic salts, and exfoliated cells. mucoid, adj., mucous [myo̅o̅'kəs] , adj.

mucus

A clear viscid fluid produced by various mucosae–eg, nose, mouth, throat, vagina, containing mucopolysaccharides, enzymes, IgA, and other proteins, desquamated epithelial cells, inorganic salts in fluid. See Cervical mucus.

mu·cus

(myū'kŭs)
The clear viscid secretion of the mucous membranes, consisting of mucin, epithelial cells, leukocytes, and various inorganic salts suspended in water.
[L.]

mucus

A slimy, jelly-like material, chemically known as a MUCOPOLYSACCHARIDE or GLYCOPROTEIN, produced by the goblet cells of MUCOUS MEMBRANES. Mucus has important lubricating and protective properties. It prevents acid and enzymes from digesting the walls of the stomach and intestines. It traps fine particulate matter, including smoke, in the lungs. It lubricates swallowing and the transport of the bowel contents. It facilitates sexual intercourse.

mucus

  1. any slimy or sticky material secreted by invertebrate animals or plants.
  2. a viscous slimy solution of the protein MUCIN secreted by the MUCOUS MEMBRANES of vertebrates.

Mucus

Thick, viscous, gel-like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces.

mucus (myōōˑ·ks),

n a thick, slippery discharge that comprises white blood cells, mucin, inorganic salts, water, and exfoliated cells produced by the mucous membranes. Functions to moisten and protect them.

mucus

A clear viscous secretion of mucous membranes consisting mainly of mucin, as well as inorganic salts suspended in water.

mu·cus

(myū'kŭs) Do not confuse this noun with the adjective mucous.
Clear viscid secretion of the mucous membranes, consisting of mucin, epithelial cells, leukocytes, and various inorganic salts dissolved in water.
[L.]

mucus

(mū´kus),
n the viscous, slippery secretions of mucous membranes and glands, containing mucin, white blood cells, water, inorganic salts, and exfoliated cells.

mucus

the free slime of the mucous membrane, composed of the secretion of its glands, various salts, desquamated cells and leukocytes. See also mucous.

mucus agglutination test
an agglutination test carried out on mucus, e.g. the test for the presence of antibodies to Campylobacter spp. carried out on vaginal mucus.
gastric mucus
a protective gelatinous material coating gastric mucosal cells.
respiratory mucus
part of the protective mucociliary blanket of the upper respiratory tract.
vaginal mucus
the appearance of the mucus from the cow's vagina is a good indication that she is in estrus. Laboratory examination of the mucus for cell patterns and arborization is used to determine the stage of reproduction in bitches.
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Promotion of DHI on gastric mucus secretion during its concurrent treatment with ASA
Gastric mucus is essential in gastric mucosal barrier as the first line of defense.
Gastric mucus is well known to play an important role in mucosal protection, as it is continuously secreted to remove pathogens and lubricate the epithelium as material passes through (Ensign et al.
At the highest dose (50 mg/kg), NR-ANX-C was superior to both omeprazole and ranitidine in increasing the adherent gastric mucus content.
In both these models, the adherent gastric mucus plays an important role in preventing development of ulcers due to its cytoprotective action.
Study on the increment of the production of gastric mucus in rats treated with Opuntia ficus indica (L.
The gastric mucus was measured according to the method modified by Corne et al.
The protease-activated receptor-2 agonist induces gastric mucus secretion and mucosal cytoprotection.
pentaphyllum possesses gastroprotective potential related to the preservation of gastric mucus synthesis and secretion.
The gastric mucus coating is thought to be important in both preventin g damage and in facilitating the repair of gastric epithelium (Whittle, 1977).
2] release from mucus cells, as well as its effects on the amount of gastric mucus and on the healing of acetic acid-induced gastric ulcers.