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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of the specialized epithelial cells found in the mucous membrane of the stomach, intestines, and respiratory passages that secrete mucus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an epithelial cell that secretes mucous

Etymologies

From its shape.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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