mucociliary(redirected from mucociliary escalator)
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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.
Pertaining to ciliated columnar epithelium found in the bronchial tree to the level of the terminal bronchioles, and in the uterine tubes.
pertaining to a combination of cilia and mucus.
a blanket of mucus overlying cilia beating in a watery sol on the surface of the respiratory mucosa.
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.
see mucociliary escalator (above).
the effect of the operation of the mucociliary escalator.