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  • Malabsorption
    Impaired absorption of nutrients in the gastrointestinal tract most often a result of
    drug side effects or a health condition or disease.

  • Menorrhagia
    Excessive loss of blood during menstrual periods.  M
    ay be due to abnormal blood clotting, disruption of normal hormonal regulation of periods or disorders of the endometrial lining of the womb.

  • Metabolism
    A collective term for all chemical processes that take place in the body. 
    These changes produce energy and basic materials needed for processes of life.

  • Montmorillonite
    Lake mineral clays used in nutrition as a source of trace minerals. 
    Montmorillonite is named after a town of Montmorillon in France

  • Mucilage, Mucilant
    Complex sugar molecules that are a soft, slippery
    gelatinous substance that protect mucous membranes and inflamed tissues.

  • Mucus
    The slick, slimy fluid
    made up of water, mucin (a glycoprotein), salts, and some cells secreted by the mucous membranes.  Mucus acts as a lubricant and mechanical protector of the mucous membranes.

  • Myelin Sheath
    A white fatty substance (
    produced by Schwann cells) that surrounds axons of nerve cells to provide electrical insulation in nerve impulse transmission.




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