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Mucous Membranes

Clinical Definition The mucous membranes, or mucosae, are moist tissues that line parts of the nose, mouth, lungs and urinary and digestive tracts. Special cells in the mucous membranes release mucus. In Our Own Words Mucous membranes, also called mucosae, are the moist tissue layers that line many structures and cavities in the body, including

Muscle Cramp

Clinical Definition A muscle cramp is the involuntary and acute contraction of a muscle. The contraction causes sudden pain for varyingdurations. Mineral depletion, nerve compression, heat and inadequate circulation can lead to muscle cramps. Muscle cramps can affect any muscle, but most commonly occur in the gastrocnemius, quadriceps and hamstrings. In Our Own Words Muscle

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