mucociliary

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mu·co·cil·i·ar·y

(myū'kō-sil'ē-ā'rē),
Related to the interaction of mucus and ciliated epithelium.

mucociliary

/mu·co·cil·i·ary/ (mu″ko-sil´e-ar-e) pertaining to mucus and to the cilia of the epithelial cells in the airways.

mu·co·cil·i·ar·y

(myū'kō-sil'ē-ar-ē)
Pertaining to ciliated columnar epithelium found in the bronchial tree to the level of the terminal bronchioles, and in the uterine tubes.
See: ciliary

mucociliary

pertaining to a combination of cilia and mucus.

mucociliary blanket
a blanket of mucus overlying cilia beating in a watery sol on the surface of the respiratory mucosa.
mucociliary escalator
the nonimmunological defense mechanism involving ciliary action and flow of mucus from bronchioles, through the bronchi and trachea to the larynx, by which particulate matter is removed from the respiratory tract. Called also mucociliary ladder.
mucociliary ladder
see mucociliary escalator (above).
mucociliary transport
the effect of the operation of the mucociliary escalator.
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8] It probably serves to restore the sol phase of the dehydrated mucociliary blanket and dampens the crust formation.
The serpentine chrysotiles, because of their coiled, pliable nature, appear to impact more in the upper respiratory tract where they can be evacuated from the body via the mucociliary blanket.
Mesothelioma of the peritoneum can also develop as asbestos workers swallow asbestos-laden mucus transported to the larynx via the mucociliary blanket.