What is a mucin?

What is a mucin? Here are some definitions.

  1. (biochemistry) Any of several glycoproteins found in mucus
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In mucous tissue, however, there is present mucin, wholly independent of any epithelial degeneration.
The mucin is secreted by tiny glands called goblet cells in the conjunctiva.
Slight turbidity is a result of mucin secreted by the lining of the urinary tract.
The columnar or cuboidal biliary-type cells were pseudostratified and often contained mucin vacuoles.
Malabsorption may be caused by delayed gastric emptying, prior or concurrent injury, achlorhydria, and reduced gastric mucin secretion.
The histochemical stains failed to demonstrate mucin in tumor cells.

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