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Nov 18, 2014

Bovine Submaxillary Mucin Coatings (BSM)

I am fresh from a tooth extraction. It was painless. But, the downside was a voiding of a big glob of crystal clear, high viscosity stuff. My DDS called it mucin.

According to Webster’s New World Dictionary The #5 definition, Sleeper is something that achieves an unexpected success. For example, winning tonight’s Power Ball lottery. That indeed would be a sleeper event .

Tears are mostly mucin, which solidifies rapidly when removed from the surface of the eyeball. At night, when eyes remain closed for a long time capillary action can draw away tears pooled in the corner of the eye and move them onto the skin , where they dry out and solidify into “sleepers.” From P. Spinrad (1999) The
Research Guide to Bodily Fluids .

Mucin production to the eyeball is about 1.5 micro-liteter per minute. You can do the math but it comes to be the about same as for urine production. If you need greater volumes of slime from the bovine chin , submaxillary is the way to go.

BSM from cows and pigs medically valued. They offer increased biocompatibility. For example, a toxic cancer drug can be implanted into a slime mass and then into patient.

Nasolachrymal ducts connect the eyes to the nose. Mucin tears helps keep the eye ball clean and free flowing. Crying stuffs-up your nose as mucin clogs the nasolachrymal duct pathway.

Photo excerpted from: "Vacas en Nicaragua" by Sara Hellstrom. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vacas_en_Nicaragua.jpg#mediaviewe...

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