mucilage

noun
mu·​ci·​lage | \ˈmyü-s(ə-)lij \

Definition of mucilage 

1 : a gelatinous substance of various plants (such as legumes or seaweeds) that contains protein and polysaccharides and is similar to plant gums

2 : an aqueous usually viscid solution (as of a gum) used especially as an adhesive

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Inside the mucilage are carbohydrates and some 60 polysaccharides, or sugars, that have specific effects on different contaminants. Christina Procopiou, Newsweek, "Cactus Guts Could Rid Water of Toxins," 13 Mar. 2016 In the lab, Alcantar’s team observed that mucilage from the insides of the cactus captures not only sediment but also arsenic and bacteria in contaminated water. Christina Procopiou, Newsweek, "Cactus Guts Could Rid Water of Toxins," 13 Mar. 2016 Monumentally weird, aggressively perverse, and not infrequently nauseating, Ballard’s most infamous novel is a raw tapestry of mucous membranes and mucilage, gristle and gore and globules of semen. Becca Rothfeld, The New Republic, "J.G. Ballard’s Eerily Accurate Dystopias," 14 Mar. 2018 The gooey inner substance of the cactus—its mucilage—can be used to purify water and remove harmful contaminants like arsenic and other elements. Christina Procopiou, Newsweek, "Cactus Guts Could Rid Water of Toxins," 13 Mar. 2016 The mucilage is thought to be medicinally potent, usually for soothing skin abrasions and burns. Kenneth Setzer, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fairchild's Tropical Garden Column: Grow a beautiful medicinal garden with aloes," 15 May 2017 Gary pulls the lids off more cans of mucilage and flings them at Dusty like sticky ninja throwing stars. Loresjoberg, WIRED, "Alt Text: Going Stir-Crazy in a Spacecraft," 8 Apr. 2011

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First Known Use of mucilage

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mucilage

Middle English muscilage, from Late Latin mucilago mucus, musty juice, from Latin mucus

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mucilage

noun
mu·​ci·​lage | \ˈmyü-sə-lij \

Kids Definition of mucilage

: a water solution of a gum or similar substance used especially to stick things together

mucilage

noun
mu·​ci·​lage | \ˈmyü-s(ə-)lij \

Medical Definition of mucilage 

1 : a gelatinous substance of various plants (as legumes or seaweeds) that contains protein and polysaccharides and is similar to plant gums

2 : an aqueous usually viscid solution (as of a gum) used in pharmacy as an excipient and in medicine as a demulcent

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