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Webster Dictionary

  1. Mucocele(noun)

    an enlargement or protrusion of the mucous membrane of the lachrymal passages, or dropsy of the lachrymal sac, dependent upon catarrhal inflammation of the latter

  2. Origin: [Mucus + Gr. kh`lh tumor.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Mucocele

    A retention cyst of the salivary gland, lacrimal sac, paranasal sinuses, appendix, or gallbladder. (Stedman, 26th ed)


  1. Oral mucocele

    Oral mucocele is a clinical term that refers to two related phenomena: Mucus extravasation phenomenon Mucus retention cyst The former is a swelling of connective tissue consisting of a collection of fluid called mucin. This occurs because of a ruptured salivary gland duct usually caused by local trauma, in the case of mucus extravasation phenomenon, and an obstructed or ruptured salivary duct in the case of a mucus retention cyst. The mucocele has a bluish translucent color, and is more commonly found in children and young adults. Although the term cyst is often used to refer to these lesions, mucoceles are not strictly speaking true cysts because there is no epithelial lining. Rather, it would be more accurate to classify mucoceles as polyps.

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