mucous plug


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plug

 [plug]
an obstructing mass.
epithelial plug mass of ectodermal cells that temporarily closes the external naris of the fetus.
mucous plug
1. a plug formed by secretions of mucous glands of the cervix uteri and closing the cervical canal during pregnancy.
2. abnormally thick mucus occluding the bronchi and bronchioles, as in asthma or bronchopulmonary aspergillosis.

mu·cous plug

a mass of mucus and cells filling the cervical canal between periods or during pregnancy; a mass of mucous occluding a main or lobar bronchus.

mucous plug

(in obstetrics) a collection of thick mucus in the uterine cervix that is often expelled at the onset of dilation of the cervix, just before labor begins or in its early hours. The plug may be dry and firm, following the shape of the endocervical canal, but more often it is semifluid and mucoid, streaked with blood.

mu·cous plug

(myū'kŭs plŭg)
1. A mass of mucus and cells filling the cervical canal between periods of menstruation or during pregnancy.
2. A mass of mucus occluding a main or lobar bronchus.

plug

an obstructing mass.

epithelial plug
mass of ectodermal cells that temporarily closes the external naris of the fetus.
mucous plug
a plug formed by secretions of mucous glands, of the cervix uteri and closing the cervical canal during pregnancy.
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Considering the limitations of the study, we concluded N-acetylcysteine via nebulization through endotracheal tubes in mechanically ventilated patients was not effective more than normal saline nebulization in reducing the density of mucous plugs.
1 FB BRONCHUS TYPE OF FB OTHERS 8 NO FOREIGN BODY 6 SAPOTA SEEDS 4 METAL PINS 4 PLASTIC WHISTLES 6 MUCOUS PLUGS 12 CUSTARD APPLE SEEDS 12 GROUNDNUTS 28 Note: Table made from bar graph.
This could be attributed either to the sialography, which may help in clearing the mucous plugs formed during the acute phase, or it could be because the child has attained puberty.
Dilation sometimes effects a cure by releasing mucous plugs or concretions in the lacrimal drainage pathway, and it occasionally provides temporary relief in cases of stenosis of the punctum.