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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It encompasses mechanical barriers, the mucociliary escalator, and anti-infective chemicals and peptides/proteins.
Amiloride could, in theory, block the epithelial sodium channels, inhibit sodium reabsorption, increase water in the gel layer and "float" debris, microorganisms out of the respiratory tract via the mucociliary escalator.