mucous membrane

noun

Definition of mucous membrane

: a membrane rich in mucous glands specifically : one that lines body cavities and passages (as of the gastrointestinal or respiratory tract) which communicate directly or indirectly with the outside of the body : mucosa Pruritus and congestion involving mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, and mouth are frequently observed, and swelling of the lips or tongue may impair swallowing and ventilation. — Bruce S. Bochner et al.

Examples of mucous membrane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The latent phase: High-risk HPV can hide in the affected skin or mucous membrane for several years. USA Today, 23 May 2022 Marc lives with mucous membrane pemphigoid, a rare, life-threatening autoimmune disease that causes blistering lesions throughout the body. Darcy Krueger, STAT, 3 June 2022 The latent phase: High-risk HPV can hide in the affected skin or mucous membrane for several years. USA Today, 23 May 2022 The latent phase: High-risk HPV can hide in the affected skin or mucous membrane for several years. USA Today, 23 May 2022 The latent phase: High-risk HPV can hide in the affected skin or mucous membrane for several years. AZCentral.com, 5 May 2022 Rhinitis is a condition that causes irritation and swelling of the mucous membrane in the nose, and can cause symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing, congestion and itchiness in the eyes, nose, throat or ears, according to Cedars Sinai. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 3 Feb. 2022 Exposure can cause irritation to the eyes, skin and mucous membrane, among other issues. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, 3 June 2021 According to Meieran, tear gas attacks the mucous membrane of the eyes, nose, throat and lung and can cause severe pain and irritation, along with blindness, bleeding, crying and coughing. oregonlive, 15 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of mucous membrane

circa 1771, in the meaning defined above

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mucous membrane

noun

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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