mu·​cin | \ ˈmyü-sᵊn How to pronounce mucin (audio) \

Definition of mucin

: any of various mucoproteins that occur especially in secretions of mucous membranes

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Other Words from mucin

mucinous \ ˈmyü-​sᵊn-​əs How to pronounce mucin (audio) , ˈmyüs-​nəs \ adjective

Examples of mucin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mask also has variations in silver (which has silk amino acids), green (fortified with snail mucin, spirulina, and chlorella), and black (infused with charcoal). Leena Kim, Town & Country, 24 July 2021 The Pholiota, a natural mucin, helps boost moisture in the skin—and helps in retain that moisture—with cytoprotective and anti-inflammatory properties. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 17 Oct. 2020 Snail mucin — yes, the slime on snails — is a major trend in beauty products right now. Aubrey Nagle,, 17 May 2018 Glycolic acid, vitamin C, hydroquinone, and, believe it or not, snail mucin. Shammara Lawrence, Allure, 15 Mar. 2018 This mask contains both snail mucin (also known as slime) and bee venom. Garrett Munce, GQ, 2 Mar. 2018 My East Coast representatives Evan Kim and Shorty Loco, tattooers based in New York City, have no experience with healing tattoos with snail mucin either. Devon Abelman, Allure, 6 Feb. 2018 For years, kimchi and kalbi have lured us en masse to South Korea’s capital, but a growing number of sheet-mask fanatics and influencers are flying the 7,000 miles for snail-mucin serums and wrinkle-banishing Fraxel laser treatments. Erin Florio, CNT, 7 Sep. 2017 An article on Tuesday about the seasonal fluctuations of gut bacteria described mucins incorrectly. New York Times, 30 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of mucin

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mucin

International Scientific Vocabulary muc-

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“Mucin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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mu·​cin | \ ˈmyüs-ᵊn How to pronounce mucin (audio) \

Medical Definition of mucin

: any of a group of mucoproteins that are found in various human and animal secretions and tissues (as in saliva, the lining of the stomach, and the skin) and that are white or yellowish powders when dry and viscid when moist gastric mucin

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