name: mucus layer
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def: "An extracellular region part that consists of a protective layer of mucus secreted by epithelial cells lining tubular organs of the body such as the colon or secreted into fluids such as saliva. Mucus is a viscous slimy secretion consisting of mucins (i.e. highly glycosylated mucin proteins) and various inorganic salts dissolved in water, with suspended epithelial cells and leukocytes." [GOC:krc, GOC:mah, GOC:mm2, PMID:18806221, PMID:19432394, Wikipedia:Mucin]
synonym: "extracellular proteinaceous gel" BROAD 
synonym: "mucous" EXACT 
synonym: "mucous layer" EXACT 
synonym: "mucus" EXACT 
is_a: GO:0110165 ! cellular anatomical entity
relationship: part_of: GO:0005576 ! extracellular region
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