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mucilages (myōōˑ·si·lˑ·jz), plant polysaccharide compounds that readily absorb water, becoming viscid and gelatinous. They are traditionally used as demulcents and laxatives and also provide a source of soluble fiber.
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Rheological properties of the mucilage gum ( Opuntia ficus indica).
Mucilage and polysaccharides in the halophyte plant species Kosteletzkya virginica: ocalization and composition in relation to salt stress.
Isolation and characterization of mucilage from Lepidium sativum linn seeds.
Fish and other marine animals that have no choice but to swim with mucilages are most vulnerable to their disease-carrying bacteria, which can kill even large fish.
A mucilage begins as "marine snow", clusters of mostly microscopic dead and living organic matter, including some life forms visible to the naked eye-small crustaceans such as shrimp and copepods, for example.
Over time, the snow picks up other tiny hitchhikers, looking for a meal or safety in numbers, and may grow into a mucilage.
This reversal appears to be driven primarily by how populous ryegrass roots and hairs are, and by accompanying mucilages that bind soil aggregates.
Miki NK, Clarke KJ, McCully ME (1980) A histological and histochemical comparison of the mucilages on the root tips of several grasses.
An ultrastructural study of the inhibition of mucilage secretion in the wheat root cap by aluminium.
Nabhan hypothesizes that the abundance of gums and mucilages in desert plants evolved to serve a life-sustaining botanical function: slowing the loss of water from seeds, seedlings and succulent tissues threatened by a harsh and unpredictable climate.
The fine structure of epidermal cell mucilages of roots.
Mucilages secreted by roots and their biological function.