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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The epithelial cells lining the cyst contained abundant mucin vacuoles that filled the cytoplasm of the luminal half of the cells.
In mucous tissue, however, there is present mucin, wholly independent of any epithelial degeneration.
The best example of such a gel is mammalian mucus, which is based on the glycoprotein mucin.
The histochemical stains failed to demonstrate mucin in tumor cells.
The columnar or cuboidal biliary-type cells were pseudostratified and often contained mucin vacuoles.
Slight turbidity is a result of mucin secreted by the lining of the urinary tract.

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