mucolytic
adjective Date: circa 1923 hydrolyzing glycosaminoglycans ; tending to break down or lower the viscosity of mucin-containing body secretions or components <
mucolytic enzymes
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  • mucolytic — Capable of dissolving, digesting, or liquefying mucus. * * * mu·co·lyt·ic .myü kə lit ik adj hydrolyzing glycosaminoglycans: tending to break down or lower the viscosity of mucin containing body secretions or components <mucolytic enzymes>… …   Medical dictionary

  • mucolytic — |myükə|lid.ik adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary muc + lytic : that hydrolyzes mucopolysaccharides : mucinolytic a mucolytic enzyme * * * /myooh keuh lit ik/, adj. Biochem. denoting or pertaining to enzymes that break down… …   Useful english dictionary

  • mucolytic — adj. [L. mucus, mucus; lysis, loosen] The breaking down or dissolving of mucus …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • mucolytic — /myooh keuh lit ik/, adj. Biochem. denoting or pertaining to enzymes that break down mucus. [1935 40; MUCO + LYTIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • mucolytic — mu·co·lyt·ic …   English syllables

  • mucolytic — n. an agent that dissolves or breaks down mucus. Mucolytics such as carbocisteine and dornase alfa (see DNAse) break down mucus in sputum and thus facilitate its expectoration; they are used to treat chest conditions involving excessive or… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • mucolytic — mu•co•lyt•ic [[t]ˌmyu kəˈlɪt ɪk[/t]] adj. biochem. denoting or pertaining to enzymes that break down mucus • Etymology: 1935–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • Mucolytic agent — A mucolytic agent is any agent which dissolves thick mucus usually used to help relieve respiratory difficulties. (hydrolyzing glycosaminoglycans: tending to break down/lower the viscosity of mucin containing body secretions/components). The… …   Wikipedia

  • Вещество Муколитическое (Mucolytic) — вещество (например, карбоцистеин или тилоксапол), способное растворять, расщеплять или разжижать слизь. Эти вещества применяются для лечения заболеваний органов дыхания, которые сопровождаются образованием большого количества вязкой мокроты.… …   Медицинские термины

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