mucous membrane

mucous membrane
mucus-secreting membrane lining all body cavities or passages that communicate with the exterior
Syn: ↑mucosa
Derivationally related forms: ↑mucosal (for: ↑mucosa)
Hypernyms: ↑membrane, ↑tissue layer
Hyponyms: ↑conjunctiva, ↑endometrium, ↑hymen, ↑maidenhead, ↑virginal membrane

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ˌmucous ˈmembrane [mucous membrane] noun (anatomy)
a thin layer of skin that covers the inside of the nose and mouth and the outside of other organs in the body, producing ↑mucus to prevent these parts from becoming dry

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