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  Mucous



Mucous

    Adj. Relating to or resembling mucus.

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Mucus
A substance secreted by various tissues in the body (the mucous membranes) made up of water, mucin (a glycoprotein), salts, and some cells. In the lungs, mucus serves to lubricate the insides of the airways and to trap inhaled foreign particles so that they can be coughed out. In asthma, however, an excess of mucus is produced and can actually block airways. Mucus also tends to be thicker and more viscous in asthmatics.



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Mucocutaneous
Relating to mucous membrane and skin; denoting the line of junction of the two at the nasal, oral, vaginal, and anal orifices.

Mucogingival junction (MGJ)
Meeting of thick, protective gingival tissue around the teeth and the friable mucous lining of the cheeks and lips.

Mucomyst
Mucomyst is a prescription or over-the-counter drug which is (or once was) approved in the United States and possibly in other countries. Active ingredient(s): acetylcysteine.

Mucomyst with isoproterenol
Mucomyst with isoproterenol is a prescription or over-the-counter drug which is (or once was) approved in the United States and possibly in other countries. Active ingredient(s): acetylcysteine; isoproterenol hydrochloride.

Mucosa
The membrane covering canals and cavities that open on the outside of the body, such as the gastrointestinal tract and the respiratory tract. Also called mucous membrane.

Mucosal lining
The lining of GI tract organs that makes mucus.

Mucosal protective drugs
Medicines that protect the stomach lining from acid.

Mucosil-10
Mucosil-10 is a prescription or over-the-counter drug which is (or once was) approved in the United States and possibly in other countries. Active ingredient(s): acetylcysteine.

Mucosil-20
Mucosil-20 is a prescription or over-the-counter drug which is (or once was) approved in the United States and possibly in other countries. Active ingredient(s): acetylcysteine.

Mucous colitis
A disorder in which the nerves that control the muscles in the GI tract are too active causing it to become sensitive to food, stool, gas, and stress. Causes abdominal pain, bloating, and constipation or diarrhea. Also called spastic colon or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).



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Megakaryocyte
The giant cell of the bone marrow that has a greatly lobulated nucleus and gives rise to blood platelets.

Meningoencephalitis
Inflammation of the brain and its meninges.

Metastatic
A tumor that has transfered from one organ (or part) to another not directly connected to it.

Microhepatia
A small liver.

Morphologic diagnosis
The interpretation of the abnormalities in terms of severity, time, lesion and anatomic site. For example: severe, chronic, glomerulonephritis.

Mucous

Myelin
The lipid substance forming a sheath around the axons of certain nerve fibers.

Myxedema
Mucinous edema (swelling).

Macropsia
The visual perception that objects are larger than they actually are.

Magical thinking
A conviction that thinking equates with doing. Occurs in dreams in children, in primitive peoples, and in patients under a variety of conditions. Characterized by lack of realistic relationship between cause and effect.

Manifest content
The remembered content of a dream or fantasy, as contrasted with latent content, which is concealed and distorted.

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