What is a mucin?

What is a mucin? Here are some definitions.

Noun
  1. (biochemistry) Any of several glycoproteins found in mucus
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The mucin is secreted by tiny glands called goblet cells in the conjunctiva.
The epithelial cells lining the cyst contained abundant mucin vacuoles that filled the cytoplasm of the luminal half of the cells.
The columnar or cuboidal biliary-type cells were pseudostratified and often contained mucin vacuoles.
The histochemical stains failed to demonstrate mucin in tumor cells.
The best example of such a gel is mammalian mucus, which is based on the glycoprotein mucin.
Since then, there have been other reports describing various saprophytic fungal organisms in cultures from allergic mucin.

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