Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A mucous membrane. More fully called membrana mucosa.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The mucus-secreting membrane lining all body cavities or passages that communicate with the exterior; called also mucous membrane.

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  • noun anatomy A mucous membrane.

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

  • noun mucus-secreting membrane lining all body cavities or passages that communicate with the exterior

Etymologies

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

[From Latin mūcōsa, feminine of mūcōsus, mucous; see mucous.]

Examples

  • In lactase deficiency the activity or concentration of the lactose cleaving enzyme β-galactosidase, also called lactase, in the brush border of the small intestinal mucosa is insufficient.

    A Serious Look at Lactose Intolerance

  • In lactase deficiency the activity or concentration of the lactose cleaving enzyme β-galactosidase, also called lactase, in the brush border of the small intestinal mucosa is insufficient.

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  • With experience, I found the same features in the mucosa from the corpus, usually much more mild, superficial and focal than the antrum.

    J. Robin Warren - Autobiography

  • Inflammation in the stomach mucosa is also a risk factor for a special type of lymphatic neoplasm in the stomach, MALT (mucosa associated lymphoid tissue) lymphoma.

    Press Release: The 2005 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

  • So, the concept is to create a rapid-dissolve wafer or an orally dissolving tablet where the objective is actually to have the drug absorbed through the oral mucosa or sublingual mucosa, which is quite efficient actually with the objective of getting the drug on board more rapidly, so we get more rapid onset of action and also bypassing hepatic metabolism, liver metabolism.

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  • A bird that makes it nest by disgorging a kind of mucosa that solidfies on a cave wall, into which it's eggs are laid.

    Posthuman Blues

  • The findings, in mice, demonstrate a way to inhibit proteases and restrict the junctions between cells in the airway mucosa, meaning that fewer white blood cells can get into the airway - causing less inflammation.

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  • Cocaine is absorbed from all sites of application including mucous membranes and the gastrointestinal mucosa.

    Cocaine Toxicity

  • Patients with JRP were identified and grouped into JRP with normal mucosa or JRP with colitis.

    Clinical studies: relationship between IBD and other conditions

  • Inflammation is limited primarily to the mucosa and does not extend through all layers.

    Pediatric Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis

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