American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of a group of glycoproteins found especially in the secretions of mucous membranes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A nitrogenous body found in all connective tissue, and the chief constituent of mucus. It is a glutinous substance, soluble in weak alkalis, but not in water.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot. Chem.), obsolete See mucedin.
- n. (Physiol. Chem.) Any of a class of high molecular weight glycoproteins which are contained in mucus, and give to the latter secretion its peculiar ropy character. They are found in all the secretions from mucous glands, and also between the fibers of connective tissue, as in tendons. They form viscous solutions and serve to provide lubrication for movement within body cavities, and some protection of surfaces. See
- n. a nitrogenous substance found in mucous secretions; a lubricant that protects body surfaces
“The glands which had been in contact with the mucin were a little darkened.”
“The treatment is good for patients with only specific cancers, like mesothelioma, appendix cancer and pseudomyxoma peritonea a rare cancer in the abdominal cavity that produces proteins called mucin, as well as some patients with colon cancer, according to UCSD.”
“Kim 2002 Identification of Pseudomonas aeruginosa flagellin as an adhesin for Muc1 mucin.”
“And Biomira has developed two related treatments, based on different segments of the mucin molecule.”
“But if the USC trial vindicates the mucin approach, Longenecker's team will have many other leads to follow.”
“Several other antigens are also under study, including an unusual form of a protein seen in some breast, colon, and stomach cancers, known as mucin, and a well-known protein called CEA (for "carcinoembryonic antigen"), also seen in breast, colon, and lung cancers.”
“The nitrogenous end-products, aromatic compounds, coloring matter, and mucin form the organic matter.”
“Normal urine from the horse may be turbid or cloudy and more or less slimy, because of the presence of mucin.”
“-- A gelatinous envelope (probably akin to mucin in composition) surrounding each individual organism, and preventing absolute contact between any two.”
“In a period of time varying from a few seconds to a quarter of an hour, according to the amount of albumen present, a delicate opalescent zone forms at the point of junction, and if mucin also is present, a more diffused haze higher up in the urine.”
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