mucous membrane


Definition of mucous membrane 

: a membrane rich in mucous glands specifically : one that lines body passages and cavities which communicate directly or indirectly with the exterior

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The attacks involve swelling of the skin, mucous membranes or both. Jen Christensen, CNN, "The 5 most expensive drugs in the United States," 11 May 2018 Mostly these just further inflamed mucous membranes already unhappy with the rarefied air, although someone was running something that evidently came in Tropical Punch flavor. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "7:57:148—Volkswagen makes racing history with record-breaking electric race car," 29 June 2018 An animal with rabies can also transmit the rabies virus through its saliva, which can come in contact with a person's mucous membranes (mouth, nose, eyes) or can get in open wounds on the skin. Courant Community, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 12 June 2018 Your eyelids can get red as part of all that inflammation, and your actual eyes can take on a red hue if the blood vessels in your conjunctiva (the mucous membrane on the front of your eyes and the insides of your eyelids) widen due to irritation. Korin Miller, SELF, "10 Symptoms of Blepharitis, a Bizarre Condition That Can Affect Your Eyes," 7 June 2018 The virus enters the body through broken skin or mucous membranes in the eyes, nose or mouth. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Ebola outbreak in DRC is 'ongoing' but WHO is 'cautiously optimistic'," 8 June 2018 These symptoms included respiratory failure, severe irritation of mucous membranes and disruption to the central nervous system. Sheena Mckenzie, CNN, "Syria 'chemical attack': 500 people affected, says WHO," 11 Apr. 2018 When applying EPIDUO® Forte Gel, care should be taken to avoid the eyes, lips and mucous membranes. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Which Disney Princess Are You?," 13 Sep. 2017 The virus is spread through contact with infected skin, mucous membranes, and bodily fluids. Marie Mccullough,, "HPV is causing an oral cancer epidemic in men by outwitting natural defenses," 12 Mar. 2018

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1801, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of mucous membrane

: a thin, wet layer of skin that is inside some parts of the body (such as the nose and throat) and that produces mucus

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Medical Definition of mucous membrane 

: a moist membranous layer rich in mucous glands that lines body passages and cavities (as of the digestive, respiratory, and genitourinary tracts) which connect directly or indirectly with the exterior, that functions in protection, support, nutrient absorption, and secretion of mucus, enzymes, and salts, and that is composed of epithelium supported below by the lamina propria and sometimes by the muscularis mucosae

called also mucosa

— compare serous membrane

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