mucous secretion

Definitions of mucous secretion
  1. noun
    protective secretion of the mucus membranes; in the gut it lubricates the passage of food and protects the epithelial cells; in the nose and throat and lungs it can make it difficult for bacteria to penetrate the body through the epithelium
    synonyms: mucus
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    phlegm, sputum
    expectorated matter; saliva mixed with discharges from the respiratory passages; in ancient and medieval physiology it was believed to cause sluggishness
    nasal mucus
    dried nasal mucus
    leucorrhea, leukorrhea
    discharge of white mucous material from the vagina; often an indication of infection
    type of:
    a functionally specialized substance (especially one that is not a waste) released from a gland or cell
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